Front cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. 5-6

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Introduction: Race and Racialisation in Neo-liberal Times

George Shire

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pp. 7-18

The essays in this book all have a history. They are pieces of work triggered off by different events, issues and concerns, with different things to say about the moment we are now in. I would argue that that moment is characterised by the insistence, by Britain and the United States in particular, on a variant of neoliberalism in which the idea of equality has disappeared from the lexicon; ...

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Rethinking Segregation

Bilkis Malek

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pp. 19-30

Concerns about ethnic segregation have taken centre stage in domestic analyses of the implications for multicultural Britain of the events of ‘9/11’ and ‘7/7’. Yet, almost half a decade into the ‘war on terror’, we appear to be no closer to defining a cultural and political vision of Britain in which Muslims, alongside their fellow British citizens, can feel they belong and have a valuable contribution to make.1 ...

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‘Man’s The Talk on Road’: A Dialogue with Young Black People on their Experiences of Gun Crime

Ejos Ubiribo

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pp. 31-47

Before my own brother’s murder in 2002 I was already very concerned about the slaughter of black British men at the hands of their own brothers. At any given opportunity I would raise these concerns, which more often than not would be on the phone in conversation with two of my girlfriends (the only two that kindly endured my marathon diatribes). ...

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Melancholia or Conviviality: The Politics of Belonging in Britain

Paul Gilroy

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pp. 48-59

Few words have been more abused and damaged recently than that fateful pair, heritage and identity. We have to begin by unpacking those key terms and exploring some of their tacit connections to larger cultural and political maps of our divided nation. ...

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Last Orders for the English Aborigine

Patrick Wright

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pp. 60-71

While driving near Halstead in north Essex last year, I came across a road sign announcing that I was about to enter ‘New England’ and should therefore reduce my speed. I did as instructed, eager to get the measure of this optimistically named place. Ornamented with dragons and satellite dishes, the first building I passed was a combined restaurant and ‘ballroom’ named ‘Taste of China’. ...

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Fear of Difference/ Fear of Sameness: the Road to Conviviality

Roshi Naidoo

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pp. 72-81

I recently came across an account of a meeting between Pablo Picasso and Aubrey Williams, the acclaimed abstract painter and key figure in the Caribbean Artists Movement.1 The two were introduced by Albert Camus, but the meeting was profoundly disappointing for Williams, as Picasso complimented him on his fine African head and suggested Williams should pose for him. ...

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A Defence of Multiculturalism

Tariq Modood

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pp. 82-91

The New Labour government sought in its first term to emphasise the plural and dynamic character of British society by speaking of ‘Cool Britannia’, of ‘rebranding Britain’, of Britain as a ‘young country’ (Tony Blair), a mongrel nation (Gordon Brown) and a chicken tikka masala eating nation (Robin Cook). ...

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Identity for Identity’s Sake is a Bit Dodgy …

Zygmunt Bauman

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pp. 92-100

In our business-like, matter-of-fact world - an instant-profit seeking, crisis-managing and damage-limiting world - anything which cannot prove its instrumental proficiency is ‘a bit dodgy’. This kind of utilitarianism is seen across the board in New Labour attitudes to culture, including their views on ‘identity’. ...

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Racism, Cosmopolitanism and Contemporary Politics of Belonging

Nira Yuval-Davis

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pp. 101-113

Cosmopolitanism is often constructed as the antithesis of racism, in that it eschews nationalism and/or any other particularistic identity and ideology. However, in my view the picture is considerably more complex than this, and my aim in this article is to explore some aspects of the relationship between cosmopolitanism and questions of belonging and exclusion. ...

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My Jihad: A Personal Reflection

Amir Saeed

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pp. 114-122

I am a British citizen of Pakistani origin. If asked, I would describe myself as being Scottish-Pakistani. From a personal perspective I used to argue that I was part British, my argument being that I was literate in English, and had citizenship rights and responsibilities. In short, I had adapted to the ambiguous notion of ‘British’ culture, to a degree at least. ...

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Institutions and Racism: Equality in the Workplace

Farhad Dalal

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pp. 123-140

The word ‘race’ is a commonplace. It is readily overheard in conversations at bus stops and dinner tables; it is cited frequently in newspaper columns as they describe the goings on in the world; politicians and activists continually draw on the idea of race; there are entire academic journals and departments dedicated to its study. ...

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 141-142