Permanent Racism: Race, Class and the Myth of Postracial Britain

Warmington, Paul. 2024. Permanent Racism: Race, Class and the Myth of Postracial Britain. Bristol: Policy Press/ Bristol University Press. ISBN 9781447360179 [Book]

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Racism has no place in our society, we are told. In fact, its role is crucial but today public debate on race and racism in Britain is constrained by a facile postracialism. Its features are colourblind social narratives, an ‘anti-antiracist’ discourse and the erasure of Black and Brown working class identities. This book examines and challenges the marginalisation of critical race analyses in contemporary debates on social justice. It reconceptualises Critical Race Theory from a British standpoint, foregrounding the concept of ‘permanent racism’ and its importance in understanding race as a fully social relationship. Highlighting the need to decolonise public debates and to decolonise antiracism itself, this book provides an essential resource for academics, students and activists who wish to understand public debates on racism, social class, education and social policy.

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"This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of 'Permanent Racism: Race, Class and the Myth of Postracial Britain' by Paul Warmington. Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at:”

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18 January 2024

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