By Alastair Bonnett

This introductory textual content offers scholars for the 1st time with an ancient and overseas research of the advance of anti-racism. Drawing on assets from all over the world, the writer explains the roots and describes the perform of anti-racism in Western and non-Western societies from Britain and the us to Malaysia and Peru. issues coated include:* the old roots of anti-racism* race matters inside organizations* the perform of anti-racism* the politics of backlash.This full of life, concise e-book should be an essential source for all scholars attracted to problems with race, ethnicity and in modern society extra more often than not.

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More specifically, Sartre casts European culture, and Europeans themselves, as deeply contaminated by racism. , p. , p. 25). , p. 12)—a gesture that, perhaps a little uneasily, collides the articulation of individual guilt and the critique of Western culture and capitalism. , p. 12). Thus Europeans too must make themselves anew. But, as the beneficiaries of racism, they cannot do this themselves, but must be violently, cathartically, defamiliarised with their own racism, a process that can be enabled by confrontation with their victims.

However, the clearest manifestations of the interconnection between the acceptance and rejection of European claims to superiority were to emerge with the institutionalisation of mestizaje as a national ideology and identity. In Mexico mestizaje became allied to the nation-building ambitions of the post-1910 revolutionary regime. It also became associated with the new government’s attempts to assimilate native peoples and native symbols into the national project, a process that was undertaken under the banner of indigenismo.

NATIONAL TRADITIONS OF ANTIRACISM? Opposition to racial oppression has long been formulated as a national boast. Indeed, there are few countries where a tradition of racial tolerance is not employed in this manner. It is worth recalling that even at the height of its imperial endeavours, it was common for British politicians to aver to that country’s proud record in the struggle against racial injustice. ‘The unwearied, unostentatious, and inglorious crusade of England against slavery’, noted the Victorian historian William Lecky (1869, p.

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