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The struggle that cannot be named: violence, space and the re-articulation of anti-racism in post-Duggan Britain

The struggle that cannot be named: violence, space and the re-articulation of anti-racism in post-Duggan Britain

Elliott-Cooper, Adam ORCID: 0000-0002-4002-6470 (2017) The struggle that cannot be named: violence, space and the re-articulation of anti-racism in post-Duggan Britain. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 41 (14). pp. 2445-2463. ISSN 0141-9870 (Print), 1466-4356 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1367020)

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Abstract

The history of black struggles in Britain has often centred on spaces of violence and resistance. While there has been significant attention paid to how racism is articulated through particular places, less has been said about anti-racism being communicated through its associations with space and place. Using Tottenham (north London) as a case study, I draw on ethnographic observations at demonstrations and public meetings, in addition to semi-structured interviews with anti-racist activists resisting policing in post-2011 London. This paper argues that, over time, racist metonyms describing places racialised as black have led to the rise of a metonymic anti-racism. Metonymic anti-racism is used alongside more overt anti-racist language, and has profound implications for understanding struggles against police racism in Britain. The paper analyses these implications, contextualizing them historically, in light of neoliberalised racial discourses and how anti-racist metonyms shape articulations of black struggle against policing in post-2011 Tottenham.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: activism, policing, race, space, black, violence, African–Caribbean
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Applied Sociology Research Group
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 10:34
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25402

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