Communities of Resistance: Writings on Black Struggles for Socialism

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Verso, 1990 - Political Science - 250 pages
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'There is no socialism after liberation, socialism is the process through which liberation is won.' Each of the essays in Communities of Resistance acts as a critical reaffirmation of socialist politics as the context for questions of race and resistance.

The left itself is under scrutiny here—from a black perspective. A series of powerful interventions covers many of the issues which have confronted radical politics in the 1980s: inner-city uprisings, the demand for black sections in the Labour Party, local government anti-racism, the move to a common European market. This collection included incisive critiques of contemporary Marxism ('All that Melts into Air is Solid: The Hokum of “New Times” '), of post-colonial development, and of the Eurocentric assessment of imperialism.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
The Hokum
19
RECLAIMING THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM
61
FOR SOCIALISM
129
Race Class and Brent
138
Left Right and Burnage
145
Racism 1992
153
SOCIALISM AND IMPERIALISM
161
Warren and the Third World
163
New Circuits of Imperialism
169
RACE CLASS AND STATE IN POSTCOLONIAL SOCIETIES
197
A Case Study
199
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About the author (1990)

A. Sivanandan is director of the Institute of Race Relations in London, editor of the journal Race and Class and author of A Different Hunger.