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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1808-1814
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 06.08.2014
Externally publishedYes