First published in 1974, this book gives a detailed and thoughtful examination on immigration in Britain, specifying the experiences of non-white intellectuals. In the first section – Viewpoint – each contributor, who was born and raised outside Britain, articulates and analyses the tensions generated by the conflict between his own native culture and that dominant in Britain, and the way in which, and the degree to which, he has coped with them. Each contributor observes English culture, elucidating its distinctive characteristics, and analysing the extent to which he feels sympathetic to them. In the second section – Response – distinguished philosophers, sociologists, and students of English character respond to the problems raised by immigrant intellectuals in their essays. This book is indispensable to everyone interested in creating a peaceful and culturally rich society in Britain.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction by Bhikhu Parekh; Part One: Viewpoint 1. Another Kind of Minority – Dilip Hiro 2. Through a Glass Darkly – J. Ayodele Langley 3. The Spectre of Self-Consciousness – Bhikhu Parekh 4. A Child and A Stranger: On Growing Out of English Culture – Krishan Kumar 5. Alien Gods – A. Sivanandan 6. All Are Consumed – John La Rose 7. And One Khaki – P. Cachia 8. The Metaphysics of Anglicism – Arun Sahay 9. Black Intellectuals in Britain – C.L.R James Part Two: Response 10. Stranger Upon Earth – Philip Mason 11. Black Intellectuals, Black Bourgeoisie, and Black Workers – John Rex 12. Guests and Visitors – Geoffrey Gorer 13. On Preserving the British Way of Life – John Plamenatz 14. The Immigrant Intellectual – Edward Shils 15. Postscript - Bhikhu Parekh; Index