This book develops the concept of racialisation. It argues that a full understanding of racialized discourse must pay attention to both the particular local circumstances in which they appear, and well-established themes which have unfolded over time. An important aspect of the study is the examination of other discourses with which racialized ideas have co-joined, reflecting the way in which notions of 'race' are socially constructed. The final part of the book returns to debates of the 1980’s and argues that the racialisation of unrest in that decade was closely intertwined with conservative perspectives which sought to deny socio-economic causes in favour of explanations based upon the supposed cultural or personal proclivities of those involved.
’This is a valuable book for anyone interested in understanding both the history and contemporary forms of disorder related to race. It provides a rounded analysis of an issue that is central to the study of political and social change in British society.’ John Solomos, University of Southampton, UK ’…will be of use first and foremost to students of race� and ethnicity…solid and evenly balanced…’ Ethnic conflict
Contents: Introduction: law, disorder and the nation; Marxism, postmodernism and the racialization problematic; Liverpool, 1919: …to make an honest bread; Political disorder in 1930s Britain: coloured shirts and tin trumpets; Nottingham and Notting Hill 1958-59: ostentatious blacks and rowdy whites; Broadwater Farm, October 1985: this is not England; Conclusion; Bibliography.