By Alastair Bonnett
This introductory textual content presents scholars for the 1st time with an historic and overseas research of the advance of anti-racism. Drawing on resources from world wide, the writer explains the roots and describes the perform of anti-racism in Western and non-Western societies from Britain and the U.S. to Malaysia and Peru. themes lined include:* the ancient roots of anti-racism* race concerns inside of agencies* the perform of anti-racism* the politics of backlash.This full of life, concise booklet can be an necessary source for all scholars attracted to problems with race, ethnicity and in modern society extra regularly.
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As Hobsbawm (1992, p. 33) notes, the process of ‘liberal nationmaking’ in the eighteenth century sought to unify disparate populations within politically defined states, a process that ‘was evidently incompatible with definitions of nations as based on ethnicity, language or common history’. This implies that, although pluralism may present a dilemma for modern states (see Bullivant, 1981), the latter provide a potential space for the acceptance of diversity. This tendency within the nationbuilding process implies that the normative unit of the ‘authentically modern’ nation-state is the citizen, and that citizens participate in society as legal equals.
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Anti-Racism (Key Ideas) by Alastair Bonnett