Race and Racism in Britain

Race and Racism in Britain

by John Solomos

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Race and Racism in Britain by John Solomos

Solomos (sociology, City University London) presents an accessible overview of race relations and racism in British society since 1945. The first few chapters discuss basic theory and consider the historical context of racism in Britain. Other topics include, for example, urban politics, policing, nationalism, and identity politics. The third edition contains a new chapter on race, class, and social change. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312099800
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 09/01/1993
Edition description: 2nd ed
Pages: 279
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

JOHN SOLOMOS is Professor and Head of Department of Sociology, City University, London, UK.

LIZA SCHUSTER is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at City University, London

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionxi
Contemporary trends and developments3
Race and racism in Britain5
Racism in contemporary Europe6
Rethinking the study of race and racism8
Overview of the book11
1Theorising Race and Racism15
The sociology of race in Britain17
Politics, power and racism20
Critiques of the race relations problematic24
Culture, community and identity29
New ethnicities and the politics of difference31
Summary and conclusion33
2Historical Background and Context35
The historical context of racism in Britain36
Anglo-Saxons and Celts36
Political and ideological responses to Jewish immigration40
Race and labour in the early twentieth century44
Summary and conclusion47
3The Politics of Race and Immigration since 194548
Post-1945 European migration49
Migration, colonial labour and the state: 1945-6251
Immigration and racialised politics54
Immigration controls and state racism56
The 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act57
The changing terms of political debate59
Institutionalising immigration controls62
Immigration and race under Thatcher and Major64
New Labour, new policies?68
Summary and conclusion75
4Race Relations Policies and the Political Process76
Racism and racial discrimination77
Race relations legislation in context78
The origins of antidiscrimination legislation79
The genesis of race relations policies80
The 1976 Race Relations Act82
From policy to practice85
New agendas and strategies for the twenty-first century87
Summary and conclusion93
5Urban Politics and Racial Inequality95
Concepts and models of local politics95
Race and local politics in historical perspective96
Processes of racialisation98
Models of policy change99
Policy change and conflict101
Pressures for change and their impact103
Resistance to change104
Positive action and new initiatives105
Training and racial equality110
Changing forms of local governance112
Local governance and social exclusion113
Summary and conclusion115
6Race and Policing117
Race, crime and disorder118
Alienated youth and ghetto life121
Policing minority communities124
Mugging and street violence126
Racialisation and popular images131
Policing and violent disorder133
Race, crime and statistics137
Changing patterns of policing and race139
Summary and conclusion141
7Urban Unrest and the Politics of Protest142
Disorder and urban unrest142
Explanations of urban unrest144
Law and disorder147
Racial disadvantage and urban unrest150
Alienation and powerlessness151
Power, legitimacy and political disorder153
Policing after the riots157
Scarman and beyond160
The changing politics of policing164
The end of urban unrest?167
Summary and conclusion170
8Racism, Nationalism and Political Action172
Conceptions of race and nation174
New right ideologies and national identity175
Neofascist politics177
The politics of racial attacks182
New forms of racist mobilisation183
Racialised politics and the enemy within185
The naturalisation of racism186
Nationalism and the interests of the majority189
Summary and conclusion190
9Race, Politics and Mobilisation191
Political participation and exclusion193
The context of minority political mobilisation194
Origins of minority political mobilisation195
Forms of minority political involvement196
Antiracist politics and political alliances203
The politics of race and class204
Politics, social movements and reform206
Summary and conclusion207
10Race, Culture and Identity Politics209
Culture, nation and identity210
Multiculturalism, identity and the nation212
The boundaries of national identity215
Nationality and immigration217
New ethnicities, culture and identity219
Summary and conclusion221
11Race, Class and Social Change222
Race, racism and social change223
Racism and racial discrimination224
Race, class and social exclusion227
Diversity and racialised exclusion233
Summary and conclusion236
12New Directions and Perspectives238
Race, identity, politics238
Racism, politics and ideology241
Equality or symbolic reforms?243
Protest and social change246
Rethinking the politics of racism248
Racism and nationalism in Europe250
What kind of future?252
Guide to Further Reading257

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