Immigration and Multiculturalism in Postcolonial Britain

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Immigration and Multiculturalism in Postcolonial Britain

1. What is the different between ‘multi-culturalism’ and ‘anti-racism’

2. Is Britain really a post-colonial nation?

3. How has race and racism been articulated through gender?

4. To what extent did multi-culturalism become an accepted tenet of mainstream politics in the late 20th century and to what extent is this still the case?
Core Texts:

Paul Gilroy, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack (London: Hutchison, 1987) [Introduction]

David Feldman, ‘Why the English Like Turbans: A History of Multiculturalism in One Country’, in D. Feldman & J. Lawrence, Structures and Transformations in British History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Hannah Jones, (2014) '"The best borough in the country for cohesion!": managing place and multiculture in local government', Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37:4, 605-620
Further Reading:

Centre for Contemporary Culture Studies, The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain (London: Hutchison, 1982)

Elizabeth Buettner, ‘Going for an Indian: South Asian Restaurants and the Limits of Multiculturalism in Britain’, Journal of Modern History 80:4 (2008), 865-901
Panikos Panyani, ‘Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism’, in J.M. Strange, F. Carnevali (eds.), Twentieth Century Britain: Economic, Cultural and Social Change (Harlow: Pearson/ Longman, 2007)
I. Goodyer, ‘Rock Against Racism: Multiculturalism and Political Mobilisation, 1976-1981’, Immigrants and Minorities 22:1 (2003), 44-62
David Goodhart, ‘Discomfort of Strangers’, Guardian 24 Feb 2004 [For a critique of multiculturalism from the right(ish).]
Kenan Malik, Multiculturalism and its Discontents (2014) [For a critique of multi-culturalism from (one current of) the Left. Excepts of the books are available here:].
Jamie Oliver, Jamie’s Great Britain (2011) [For some consumer multi-culturalism].
Hannah Jones, Negotiating cohesion, inequality and change: Uncomfortable positions in local government (Policy Press, 2013)
And for some very contemporary research by sociologists at the University of Warwick: Go Home: Mapping the unfoldingcontroversy of Home Office immigration Campaigns’ (see link to pdf on next page)

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