Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider

Hardcover | July 11, 2014

bySatnam Virdee

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This insightful text offers an original perspective on the significance of both racism and anti-racism in structuring the English working class. Through the unique concept of the racialized outsider, Virdee demonstrates the contribution of Irish Catholics, Jews, Asians and the African diaspora to the making of a more inclusive, democratic society.



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This insightful text offers an original perspective on the significance of both racism and anti-racism in structuring the English working class. Through the unique concept of the racialized outsider, Virdee demonstrates the contribution of Irish Catholics, Jews, Asians and the African diaspora to the making of a more inclusive, democra...

Satnam Virdee is Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow, UK.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.55 × 6.28 × 0.64 inPublished:July 11, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230551637

ISBN - 13:9780230551633

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Class, nation and the racialized outsider
3. Racism and the contradictions of socialist nationalism
4. Race, Empire and its discontents
5. Class war, racist riots and Communism
6. Racism: from the welfare settlement to Enoch Powell
7. Socialists, anti-racism and working class bifurcation
8. Municipal anti-racism and Black Self-organization
9. Conclusion 

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"A remarkable study of the interplay between racism and anti-racism in shaping the contours of working class organization and struggle in England. It is a nuanced and sophisticated contribution both to the empirical account of this historical trajectory, and to our theoretical understanding of the mutually constitutive character of race and class." – Erik Olin Wright, Vilas Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin, USA, and Past-President, American Sociological Association "A serious and conceptually sophisticated analysis of key aspects of racism and anti-racism in the contemporary environment. Its combination of history and sociology makes it somewhat unique and it has no obvious competitor at the present time." – John Solomos, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK "Virdee's inspiring and historically wide-ranging account of the hidden role played by racialized minorities in the formative moments of English labour history sets a new benchmark in work on race and class." – Verity Burgmann, Professor Emerita, Monash University, Australia "This pathbreaking and cogently written book is a major contribution to our historical understanding of racism and working class politics in England." - Rodolfo D. Torres, University of California, Irvine, USA