Black people in the British Empire have long challenged the notion that "there ain't no black in the Union Jack." For the post-World War II wave of Afro-Caribbean migrants, many of whom had long been subjects of the Empire, claims to a British identity and imperial citizenship were considered to be theirs by birthright. However, while Britain was internationally touted as a paragon of fair play and equal justice, they arrived in a nation that was frequently hostile and unwilling to incorporate Black people into its concept of what it meant to be British. In London Is The Place for Me, Kennetta Hammond Perry brings together a variety of sources including calypso music, photographs, migrant narratives, and records of grassroots Black political organizations to explores how Afro-Caribbean migrants navigated the politics of race and citizenship in Britain. Her examination expands our understanding of race and the Black experience in Europe and uncovers the critical role that Black people played in the formation of contemporary British society.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Series:||Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)|
About the Author
Kennetta Hammond Perry is Associate Professor of History at East Carolina University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Windrush Politics
Chapter 1: Race, Empire and the Formation of Black Britain
Chapter 2: Migration, Citizenship and the Boundaries of Belonging
Chapter 3: 'Race Riots' and the Mystique of British Anti-Racism
Chapter 4: Are We to Be Mauled Down Just Because We Are Black?
Chapter 5: Exposing the Racial Politics of Immigration Controls
Chapter 6: The Limits of Campaigning Against Racial Discrimination
Epilogue: Black Britain, the State and the Politics of Race