The Labour Party criticises those to its left for splitting the anti-Tory vote. But Labour itself is only a serious contender for government today because, more than 100 years ago, people rejected this logic and voted with their principles.
History and politics that focus on possibilities for major social rupture miss the daily realities of class and place - the everyday conditions of social change.
Racialization has had a deeply personal impact on the lives of people in Britain, but history shows us it can be challenged.
Marking thirty years since the end of the miners' strike of 1984/5, NLP's Tom Mills reviews two collections looking back on the iconic dispute.
Though too broad as an historical category, ‘racialization’ is nevertheless very effective when applied to the contemporary period.
From the Kindertransport of the 1930s to the resettlement of Syrian refugees today, British immigration policy has been subject to an ongoing struggle over British national identity, pitting idealised notions of liberal ‘British values’ against competing pressures to exclude and discriminate.
The ‘racialisation’ of class in Britain has been a consequence of the weakening of ‘class’ as a political idea since the 1970s – it is a new construction, not an historic one.
Those at the forefront of current fights over public housing are as much part of the working class as the 'white van man'. But how does the ‘white van man’ come to stand in for the working class in debates over class, race and nation?
The second of a two part essay on race, racism and the making of the English working class.
The English working class has long been a multi-ethnic formation, shaped by both racism and anti-racism.