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Racism and Anti-Racism in Europe - Alana Lentin

Racism and Anti-Racism in Europe

Paperback Published: 18th June 2004
ISBN: 9780745322209
Number Of Pages: 352

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This is an in-depth sociological study of the phenomenon of anti-racism, as both political discourse and social movement practice in western Europe. Lentin develops a comparative study of anti-racism in Britain, France, Italy and Ireland. While 'race' and racism have been submitted to many profound analyses, anti-racism has often been dealt with as either the mere opposite of racism or as a theme for prescriptives or polemics by those concerned with the persistence of racist discrimination. By contrast, this book views anti-racism as a variety of discourses that are central to the understanding of the politics of modern states. Examining anti-racism gives us insights not only into current debates on citizenship, immigration and Europeanisation, but it also crucially assists us in understanding the nature of race, racism and racialisation themselves. At a time of mounting state racism against asylum seekers, migrants and refugees throughout Europe and beyond, this book provides a much-needed exploration of the discourse of anti-racism that shapes policy and public opinion today.

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"'Remarkable... a major contribution to our understanding and handling of one of the crucial contemporary issues that acquires more gravity by the day.' Zygmunt Bauman"

Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Interviewsp. xi
Introduction: Anti-Racism, Sociology and the Politicalp. 1
Why Anti-Racism?p. 4
Historicising Anti-Racismp. 9
Anti-Racism and Europep. 12
Intercontinental Influencesp. 17
The Interpretative Capacity of Anti-Racismp. 24
Writing a Sociology of Anti-Racismp. 31
'Race and State': European Modernity and the Political Idea of 'Race'p. 35
'Race' and Racism, Nation and Statep. 38
Internal Rationalisation/External Fortificationp. 49
Racism, Antisemitism and the Paradoxes of Equalityp. 58
Racism, Europeanness and the Ideal of Humanityp. 65
Explaining Racism: Anti-Racist Discourse between Culture and the Statep. 72
The Culturalism of the UNESCO Traditionp. 74
Culturalism and the Theorisation of a Neoracismp. 85
Anti-Colonialism, 'Race' and Classp. 96
Conclusion: The Return of Culturep. 106
Anti-Racist Orientations: France, Britain, Ireland, Italyp. 113
Touche Pas a Mon Pote!: The Emergence of Anti-Racism in Francep. 115
Black and White, Unite and Fight: The Emergence of Anti-Racism in Britainp. 129
All Different All Equal All Exploited: The Emergence of Anti-Racism in Irelandp. 149
'Lavoratori Immigrati, Rompere la Catena dei Ricatti di Padroni e Governo Italiani': The Emergence of Anti-Racism in Italyp. 163
Conclusionp. 177
Anti-Racism as Public Political Culturep. 179
Anti-Racism in Crisisp. 180
Majoritarians and Communitariansp. 197
Anti-Racism or Anti-Fascism?p. 218
Conclusionp. 235
Who Says What, for Whom and from Where? Anti-Racism and Political Representationp. 237
Anti-Racism and Political Representation: Beyond Visibilityp. 240
Keeping it Real: Authenticity or Experience?p. 265
Selling Out? Claiming Rights or Asserting Independencep. 274
Bringing it All Back Home: Localised or Globalised Anti-Racism?p. 287
Conclusion: The Possibility of Alliancep. 300
Conclusion: Anti-Racist Futures: A Sense of Deja Vu or a Journey into the Unknown?p. 306
Policing Strangers: Anti-Racism in Contextp. 311
'Globalising' Culture? Anti-Racism's Responsep. 313
Notesp. 318
Bibliographyp. 321
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780745322209
ISBN-10: 0745322204
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 18th June 2004
Publisher: Pluto Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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