By Alastair Bonnett
This introductory textual content presents scholars for the 1st time with an old and foreign research of the advance of anti-racism. Drawing on resources from worldwide, 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. issues lined include:* the ancient roots of anti-racism* race concerns inside enterprises* the perform of anti-racism* the politics of backlash.This energetic, concise booklet may be an fundamental source for all scholars attracted to problems with race, ethnicity and in modern society extra commonly.
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It also justifies, I ROOTS OF RESISTANCE 25 would suggest, this section’s focus on resistance to and engagement with these Western forms. The expansion of European peoples and European influence across the globe has been resisted in myriad ways by those whom Europeans designated as racial inferiors. Anticolonialism and anti-racism are intimately related political projects precisely because the principal impact of racism on the world has been within colonial and neo-colonial contexts. Colonialism was legitimised through racism, and vice versa.
Indeed, although there are many aspects to Fanon’s work that bear comparison with Du Bois (Gaines, 1996), it is his insistent doubt, both about the value of the Enlightenment tradition and the nature of race, that most clearly testifies to his originality. Fanon’s was not a project of racial or cultural separatism, but of the examination of the social constitution of the racialised psyche. As this implies, Fanon had little time for the unthinking celebration of racial essences. ‘The Negro is not’, he wrote.
The idea that being opposed to racial divisions and categories means that one is an egalitarian is a case in point. To us it may seem like a likely, almost commonsensical, connection. But it would not to many of those who are today regularly corralled into anti-racist history. Although China provides many examples of radical, antitraditional political projects, its history also contains one of the most important instances of the opposition of traditional thought to ‘racism’. Such opposition involved the identification by scholars and other writers in nineteenth-century China schooled in established forms of social representation, of racial categories and racial thinking as a secular, alien and unwanted intrusion into their society.