The End of Tolerance : Racism in 21st Century Britian
Is Britain becoming a more racist society? Arun Kundnani looks behind the media hysteria to show how thirty years of cohesive race relations are being overturned by irresponsible government policies and vitriolic press campaigns that play upon fear and encourage racism. Exacerbated by the attacks of 9/11 and 7/7, Kundnani argues that the multicultural consensus of the 1980's has given way to outright racism. There has been a sharp increase in attacks on Muslims and people of Arab or Asian descent and communities are more divided than ever. Yet the government presses ahead with foreign policy that is widely construed as racist, and relations between the police and communities have reached a new low. What can be done? This timely and precise analysis is a useful account of why racism is now thriving - and what can be done to stop it. It will be of interest to anyone who is appalled by the current state of race relations in Britain and it should be required reading for all policy-makers.
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- Hardback | 240 pages
- 115 x 180 x 19.05mm | 387.82g
- 30 Nov 2007
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Introduction; 1 Echoes of empire; 2 From dependency to displacement; 3 Seeds of segregation; 4 We are here because you are there; 5 Asylum and the welfare state; 6 The dialectics of terror; 7 The Halabja generation; 8 Integrationism: the politics of anti-Muslim racism; 9 Migration and the market-state; 10 Here to stay; 11 The new Leviathan; 12 Community: theirs and ours; Notes; Index.
'Before you can solve a problem you have to understand it. Arun Kundnani not only understands the roots and ramifications of contemporary racism but explains it clearly, linking the local, the global, the political and the cultural. An incisive book at a decisive moment.' Gary Younge'The End of Tolerance is an illuminating analysis of the historic development of British racism, its empire and how this has evolved into the current conflicting and confused debates about the demonisation of immigrants, asylum-seekers, Muslims, the war on terror, segration, assimilation, multi-culturalism and Britishness. This is an essential resource for anyone wanting to understand these issues and to make any rational sense of the government's "integration and cohesion" project as well as our present legacy of "Britishness, universalism and social exclusion".'Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality'Arun Kundnani expertly dismantles the racisminforming much of current political discourse on asylum, immigration and multiculturalism. This book is a timely and important contribution to the struggle against racismthat both new anti-racist activists and veterans alike will benefit from reading.'Councillor Salma Yaqoob, Vice-Chair of Respect'Kundnani guides us through the history and origins of the nebulous forms of today's "new" racism, placing economic and political exploitation back at the heart of the issue. An invaluable book for confusing times.' John Pandit, member of Asian Dub Foundation 'Cutting through the media-hyped public hysteria on issues around multiculturalism Kundnani has produced a highly accessible and valuable historical analysis of racism shaping contemporary policy-making.' Ruhul Tarafder, 1990 Trust
About Arun Kundnani
Arun Kundnani is a leading commentator on racism, immigration and multiculturalism. He is deputy editor of Race & Class and the editor of IRR News, an online news service published by the Institute of Race Relations.