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.
Class was never a homogeneous category in Marxist thought, some of the earliest works of which were sensitive to the influence of race and nationalism.
The past decade has seen a focus on intersectionality as a way of capturing how people experience multiple oppressions, but both intersectionality and self-organisation have the capacity to be co-opted by the neoliberal project. Without knowledge of the historic tensions between race, class, and gender, we cannot determine the destiny of workers’ resistance.
Effective trade union organising needs to pay greater attention to the social and cultural as well as economic influences on working people.
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.