Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Jun 24, 2014 - Social Science - 200 pages
"Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider is that rare thing nowadays, an academic book that not only engages with a wider public but also provides a sharp campaigning edge to the analysis. Historical and broad in its coverage, this is one of the best accounts of contemporary racism published in a good long time." Mark Perryman, Philosophy Football

Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider offers an original perspective on the significance of both racism and anti-racism in the making of the English working class. While racism became a powerful structuring force within this social class from as early as the mid-Victorian period, this book also traces the episodic emergence of currents of working class anti-racism. Through an insistence that race is central to the way class works, this insightful text demonstrates not only that the English working class was a multi-ethnic formation from the moment of its inception but that racialized outsiders – Irish Catholics, Jews, Asians and the African diaspora – often played a catalytic role in the collective action that helped fashion a more inclusive and democratic society.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Class Nation and the Racialized Outsider
Racism and the Contradictions of Socialist Nationalism
Race Empire and Its Discontents
Class War Racist Riots and Communism
From the Welfare Settlement to Enoch Powell
Socialists AntiRacism and Working Class Bifurcation
Municipal AntiRacism and Black SelfOrganization
Conclusions
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Satnam Virdee is Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow, UK.

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