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The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain Paperback – 20 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; First Edition edition (20 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745326455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745326450
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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