Racism, the City and the State

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The contributors to this volume address issues in urban social theory, contemporary cultural change and analysis of racial subordination in their examination of the relationship between racism, the city and the state. Focusing on the urban process of racialization, the

contributors demonstrate how the city sustains these profound divisions. Also addressed are such related issues as the process by which ethnicity has become more powerful than social class for new migrants to California, as well as how the reconstruction of French capitalism has

contributed to the growth of right-wing popularism. They also show how urban space in the U.K. has, over the last two decades, been redefined in ways which sustain separation and racial inequality. In this climate, black minorities struggling for survival in Britain's cities are

inevitably seen as responsible for violence, crime, poverty and overcrowding.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415084314
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/22/1992
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Racism and the Postmodern City 1
2 Postmodernism and Utopia, an Unholy Alliance 31
3 'Polluting the Body Politic': Racist Discourse and Urban Location 45
4 The Postmodern City and the Social Construction of Ethnicity in California 61
5 Migration and the Racialization of the Postmodern City in France 77
6 From Equal Opportunity to 'The New Social Contract': Race and the Politics of the American 'Underclass' 93
7 Difference and Inequality: Postmodern Racial Politics in the United States 108
8 Residental Segregation and the Politics of Racialization 128
9 The Local Politics of Racial Equality: Policy Innovation and the Limits of Reform 144
10 Is Race Really the Sign of the Times Or Is Postmodernism Only Skin Deep? Black Sections and the Problem of Authority 157
11 Aspects of Nationalism and Black Identities in Post-Imperial Britain 177
12 From Punishment to Discipline? Racism, Racialization and the Policing of Social Control 193
Bibliography 210
Name index 226
Subject index 231
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