Racism, Nationalism and Ideology

  • John Solomos


The previous five chapters have provided both a chronological and thematic analysis of racialised politics in the period from 1945 to the 1980s. The concerns of this and the following two chapters are somewhat different, though they are closely linked to the themes we have covered already at a more general level. The main objective of these chapters is to analyse in more detail something we have only touched upon in previous chapters: namely, the role of racial ideologies, political action and social movements in the racialisation of contemporary British politics.


National Identity Black Community Political Discourse British Society Racial Equality 
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Guide to Further Reading

  1. Much of the literature on this general area is fairly limited in scope. It remains a relatively neglected topic. A good starting point of the theoretical aspect of this question is R. Miles (1989). Useful attempts to look at the changing political language about race and nation are to be found by G. Seidel in R. Levitas (ed.) (1986); P. Gordon and F. Klug (1986). On the politics of the extreme right see the papers in R. Miles and A. Phizacklea (eds) (1979) and the study by C. Husbands (1983). For a selection of new right perspectives on these issues see F. Palmer (ed.) (1986). You may also find it useful to look at copies of the journal Searchlight.Google Scholar

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© John Solomos 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Solomos
    • 1
  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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