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After Grenfell

After Grenfell

Violence, Resistance and Response

Edited by Dan Bulley, Jenny Edkins and Nadine El-Enany

Activists, academics and artists deliver a myriad of views on the fire for which there has been no justice
On the 14th June 2017, a fire engulfed a tower block in West London, seventy-two people lost their lives and hundreds of others were left displaced and traumatised. The Grenfell Tower fire is the epicentre of a long history of violence enacted by government and corporations. On its second anniversary activists, artists and academics come together to respond, remember and recover the disaster.

The Grenfell Tower fire illustrates Britain's symbolic order; the continued logic of colonialism, the disposability of working class lives, the marketisation of social provision and global austerity politics, and the negligence and malfeasance of multinational contractors. Exploring these topics and more, the contributors construct critical analysis from legal, cultural, media, community and government responses to the fire, asking whether, without remedy for multifaceted power and violence, we will ever really be 'after' Grenfell?

With poetry by Ben Okri and Tony Walsh, and photographs by Parveen Ali, Sam Boal and Yolanthe Fawehinmi.

With contributions from Phil Scraton, Daniel Renwick, Nadine El-Enany, Sarah Keenan, Gracie Mae Bradley and The Radical Housing Network.

Dan Bulley is a Reader in International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of two books, Ethics as Foreign Policy: Britain, the EU and the Other (Routledge, 2009) and Migration, Ethics and Power: Spaces of Hospitality in International Politics (Sage, 2017) as well as numerous articles in IR, Geography and interdisciplinary journals

Jenny Edkins is Professor of Politics at The University of Manchester. Her books include Face Politics (2015), Missing: Persons and Politics (2011), Trauma and the Memory of Politics (2003) and Whose Hunger? Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid (2000).

Nadine El-Enany is Senior Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck School of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law, and the author of Bordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire (MUP, 2020).

'No other account names those to blame so clearly, or so convincingly uncovers the slow violence, the racist attitudes, and the legacy of empire that led to this disaster' - Danny Dorling, author of 'Inequality and the 1%'

Preface – Phil Scraton
Introduction – Dan Bulley, Jenny Edkins and Nadine El-Enany
Grenfell Tower, June, 2017 – Ben Okri
1. Everyday Life and Death in the Global City – Dan Bulley
2. Organising on Mute – Daniel Renwick
Photo Essay – Sam Boal
3. Before Grenfell: British Immigration Law and the Production of Colonial Spaces – Nadine El-Enany
4. Struggles for Social Housing Justice – Radical Housing Network, Becka Hudson and Pilgrim Tucker
Ghosts of Grenfell – Lowkey
5. A Border in Every Street: Grenfell and the Hostile Environment – Sarah Keenan
Photo Essay – Parveen Ali
6. Grenfell on Screen – Anna Viola Sborgi
7. Law, Justice and the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower Fire – Patricia Tuitt
The Interloper – Jenny Edkins
8. From Grenfell to Windrush – Gracie Mae Bradley
9. Housing Policy in the Shadow of Grenfell – Nigel de Noronha
Photo Essay – Yolanthe Fawehinmi
10. ComeUnity and Community in the Face of Impunity – Monique Charles
Equity – Tony Walsh
Afterword: The Fire and the Academy – Robbie Shilliam
Notes on the Contributors

Published by Pluto Press in May 2019
Paperback ISBN: 9780745339580
eBook ISBN: 9781786804617

135mm x 215mm

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