‘The Return of Assimilationism: Race, Multiculturalism and New Labour’

Shukra, Kalbir; Back, Les; Khan, Azra; Keith, Michael and Solomos, John. 2002. ‘The Return of Assimilationism: Race, Multiculturalism and New Labour’. Sociological Research Online, 7(2), [Article]

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This paper develops a critique of the politics of race and multiculturalism under New Labour. It argues that as a political formation New Labour is fraught with incommensurable impulses and commitment with regard to issues of multiculturalism, nationalism, racial justice and racism. While there have been palpable shifts and important new legislative initiatives, one of the consequences is that the project of assimilation has been reinvigorated under New Labour. This in turn leaves the normative whiteness that colonises British institutions and political life intact.

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)



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18 Nov 2015 14:49

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11 Jul 2017 09:48

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