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The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain Paperback – 20 Jun 2007
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Before you can solve a problem you have to understand it. Arun Kundnani not only understands the roots and ramifications of contemporary racism but explains it clearly, linking the local, the global, the political and the cultural. An incisive book at a decisive moment. (Gary Younge)
The End of Tolerance is an illuminating analysis of the historic development of British racism, its empire and how this has evolved into the current conflicting and confused debates about the demonisation of immigrants, asylum-seekers, Muslims, the war on terror, segration, assimilation, multi-culturalism and Britishness. ... Essential resource. (Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality)
Arun Kundnani expertly dismantles the racism informing much of current political discourse on asylum, immigration and multiculturalism. This book is a timely and important contribution to the struggle against racism that both new anti-racist activists and veterans alike will benefit from reading. (Councillor Salma Yaqoob, Vice-Chair of Respect)
Kundnani guides us through the history and origins of the nebulous forms of today's 'new' racism, placing economic and political exploitation back at the heart of the issue. An invaluable book for confusing times. (John Pandit, member of Asian Dub Foundation)
Cutting through the media-hyped public hysteria on issues around multiculturalism Kundnani has produced a highly accessible and valuable historical analysis of racism shaping contemporary policy-making. (Ruhul Tarafder, 1990 Trust)
A timely and useful critical approach to the contested issue of British multiculturalism. (Dr Sarita Malik, Department of Sociology and Communications, Brunel University)
Is Britain becoming a more racist society? Arun Kundnani looks behind the media hysteria to show how thirty years of cohesive race relations are being overturned by irresponsible government policies and vitriolic press campaigns that play upon fear and encourage racism. Exacerbated by the attacks of 9/11 and 7/7, Kundnani argues that the multicultural consensus of the 1980's has given way to outright racism. There has been a sharp increase in attacks on Muslims and people of Arab or Asian descent and communities are more divided than ever. Yet the government presses ahead with foreign policy that is widely construed as racist, and relations between the police and communities have reached a new low. What can be done? This timely and precise analysis is a useful account of why racism is now thriving - and what can be done to stop it. It will be of interest to anyone who is appalled by the current state of race relations in Britain and it should be required reading for all policy-makers.See all Product description
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Kundnani starts with understanding why multiculturalism is under attack in Britain. This is largely to do with the ways in which racism has remodelled itself in recent years, with talk of `Western values', the invention of bogus `British values' and `national interests' and notions of `community cohesion' where the `alien' is seen as the threat to such cohesion. Kundnani labels this racism as `integrationist' and aptly so. It underpins much of the Islamophobia or, more accurately, anti-Muslim racism that is prevalent today.
Kundnani links this with the hysteria about migrant workers and asylum seekers and shows how a globalised market and a domestic `market state' have measured an individual based on their economic worth, making gradations of migrant worker, although all are seen as, ultimately, expendable.
Since 9/11 and 7/7, this type of racism has mushroomed and Kundnani weaves in an account of how the War on Terror has been used to reinforce this racism and how this racism has, in turn, reinforced the repressive state measures of the War on Terror.
Most importantly, Kundnani points out that this new racism has emerged from the Liberal Left and not from the far-Right as one would normally expect.
My only quibble is that a longer term historical perspective on anti-Muslim racism is lacking and one is left with the impression that this racism is entirely modern rather than a modern reworking of older themes. But this is minor.
This book made we want to weep with anger and rage at what this Government does to people whose only crime was to try and find a better life. There are the children locked up in detention centres, the asylum seekers left in poverty as they are neither allowed to work nor claim benefits, the casual racism and brutality of the private security firms employed to guard the "illegals" and remove them from the country. Anyone fleeing a despotic regime on a false passport automatically has his/her asylum claim rejected (and risks being jailed for having fake papers), whereas anyone who does have legitimate papers is also rejected - on the grounds that they can't have been that discriminated against if they were able to obtain the proper papers...a hellish Catch-22 indeed.
If you want to know the truth behind the lurid, xenophobic headlines of the popular British press, read this book. And be prepared to feel very very angry.