Resonance and reach: discussions on racism between the UK and Germany from the late 1970s

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In this paper I investigate the resonance of the volume The Empire Strikes Back within the debates on racism in Germany since the late 1970s. I am interested in this long-term intellectual exchange in light of the current need to conceptualize racism in a European framework and thereby reflect upon the characteristics, concepts and possibilities of such a framework. I begin by situating the debate at that time within the context of the New Left. What connected both situations, in Germany and the UK, was an inscription of the then-ongoing anti-colonial and decolonial struggles of the South in the North, not least through the 'retaliatory effect' of migration movements and struggles of migration arriving in Europe. I argue that the understandings of racism and anti-racism are grounded in a materialist framework and that the concept of articulation helped and continues to help thinking the complexity and heterogeneity of the social.

ZeitschriftEthnic and Racial Studies
Seiten (von - bis)1808-1814
Anzahl der Seiten7
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 06.08.2014
Extern publiziertJa