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Britain: racial violence and the politics of hate

Jon Burnett Orcid Logo

Race & Class, Volume: 54, Issue: 4, Pages: 5 - 21

Swansea University Author: Jon Burnett Orcid Logo

Abstract

Drawing on empirical research into racist attacks in three cities in England, this article reveals a changing geography of racial violence (in terms of new areas and targets), and sets this in the context of the socially destructive impact of neoliberalism as well as government policies to manage th...

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Published in: Race & Class
ISSN: 0306-3968 1741-3125
Published: London Sage Publications 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa33864
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Abstract: Drawing on empirical research into racist attacks in three cities in England, this article reveals a changing geography of racial violence (in terms of new areas and targets), and sets this in the context of the socially destructive impact of neoliberalism as well as government policies to manage the UK’s changing demographic make-up. With racial violence officially defined as a form of ‘hate crime’, it is divorced from any wider political context or racialised climate and reduced to a matter of individual pathology. The changing parameters of racism and the state’s responses present a challenge which the Left and anti-racists have been slow to meet.
Keywords: asylum seekers, crime partnership, hate crime, Islamophobia, Macpherson Report, migrant workers, neoliberalism, night-time economy, Peterborough, Plymouth, racial violence, Stoke-on-Trent
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue: 4
Start Page: 5
End Page: 21