Racism and Anti-Racism in Europe
A comparative political sociology of anti-racism in Europe, showing the various discourses within this movement
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.
Alana Lentin is currently a research fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She has recently completed her PhD at the European Institute of Florence and has published many articles on racism.
'A remarkable book. It is a major contribution to our understanding and handling of one of the crucial contemporary issues that acquires more import and gravity by the day' - Zygmunt Bauman
'An excellent book, which enriches the tradition of political sociology conceptually, methodologically and substantively' - Peter Wagner, Professor of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute - Florence
List of Interviews
Introduction. Anti-Racism, Sociology and the Political
1. ‘Race’ & State: European modernity and the political idea of ‘race’
2. Explaining Racism: Anti-racist discourse between culture and the state
3. Anti-Racist Orientations: France, Britain, Ireland, Italy
4. Anti-Racism as Public Political Culture
5. Who Says What For Whom and From Where? Anti-racism and political representation
Conclusion. Anti-Racist Futures: A sense of déjà vu or a journey into the unknown?
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