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Module Reading List and Tutorial Questions

Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies, 2017/18, Semester 1
Roxana Barbulescu
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

SLSP 2690 Reading list 2016/17 Semester One

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General texts and readers

Law, Ian (2010) Racism and ethnicity : global debates, dilemmas, directions , London: Pearson Education

Fredrickson, G., (2001), Racism : a short history , Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Miles, R. and Brown, M. (2003, 2nd edn.) Racism , London: Routledge,

Bulmer, M. and Solomos, J. (eds.) (1989) Racism , Oxford: OUP,

Fenton, S. (2003) Ethnicity , Cambridge: Polity,

Hutchinson, J. and Smith, A.D. (eds.) (1996) Ethnicity , Oxford: OUP,

Goldberg, D.T. and Solomos, J. (eds) 2002) A companion to racial and ethnic studies , Oxford: Blackwell,

Back, L. and Solomos, J. (eds.) (2000) Theories of Race and Racism , London: Routledge,

Lentin, A. (2004) Racism and anti-racism in Europe , London: Pluto,

Goldberg, D. (2008 ) The threat of race : reflections on racial neoliberalism , Oxford: Blackwell,

Winant, H. (2001) The world is a ghetto : race and democracy since World War II , Oxford: Basic Books,

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It is also important to keep in touch with recent material in the key journals,

Ethnic and racial studies. Make sure you look at this one it is the best journal in the field.

Journal of ethnic and migration studies.


Race and class.

Nationalism & ethnic politics.

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Module topics and reading

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1. Nations, Empires, Migration and Citizenship

Prof. Adrian Favell

The session will introduce the historical origins of modern migration in processes of nation-building and the break up of empires respectively, using examples from Western and Eastern Europe. It considers the basic geographical definition of migration, and its relation to the political concepts of “immigration”, “citizenship”, “tourists” (or other spatially mobile people), and “refugees”, outlining the modern emergence of a conception of rights-based citizenship in bounded, territorial states and how this leads to questions of sovereignty and control on the one hand, and multiculturalism or ethnic/racial diversity on the other. We will also discuss the possibilities of some form of “post-national membership” based on human rights.

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Essential reading:

* Joppke, Christian. Challenge to the nation-state [electronic resource] : immigration in Western Europe and the United States , ch.1: ‘Immigration challenges the nation-state’, 5-46. AVAILABLE ONLINE AT LIBRARY (OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP) http://0-www.oxfordscholarship.com.wam.leeds.ac.uk/view/10.1093/0198292295.001.0001/acprof-9780198292296

* Brubaker, Rogers. ‘Aftermaths of empire and the unmixing of peoples: historical and comparative perspectives’, Ethnic and racial studies. , Vol.18, no.2: 189-218. AVAILABLE ONLINE AT LIBRARY


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Seminar Questions:

What is a “migrant”? Are you a “migrant”?

Is migration an inevitable part of the “modern” world?

What is the “container” model of modern society and how accurate is it?

How can “citizenship”, “illegal immigration”, and “asylum seeking” all be seen as products of the formation of nation-states (“nation-building”)?

What is the “liberal paradox” (Hollifield)?

Is the idea of sovereign immigration or border control always just a political game of “smoke and mirrors”?

What are the sources of post-national membership in the international political system? What future does it have?

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Additional reading / references

Mann, Michael. 1993. ‘Nation-states in Europe and other continents: diversifying, developing, not dying’, Daedalus. Vol.122, no.3: 115-140 AVAILABLE ONLINE IN LIBRARY (JSTOR)

Sassen, Saskia. ‘The defacto transnationalisation of immigration policy’ in Joppke, op.cit.

Guiraudon, Virginie, ‘Citizenship rights for non-nationals: France, Germany and the Netherlands’ in Joppke op.cit. Challenge to the nation-state [electronic resource] : immigration in Western Europe and the United States

Favell, Adrian. “Multicultural race relations in Britain: problems of interpretation and explanation’ in Joppke op.cit. Challenge to the nation-state [electronic resource] : immigration in Western Europe and the United States

ALL AVAILABLE ONLINE (OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP) www.oxfordscholarship.com.wam.leeds.ac.uk/view/10.1093/0198292295.001.0001/acprof-9780198292296

Brubaker, Rogers. 1992. Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany .

Soysal, Yasemin. 1994. Limits of citizenship : migrants and postnational membership in Europe .

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2. Diasporas, Transnationalism and Cosmopolitanism

Dr. Roxana Barbulescu

Globalisation in a post-industrial context has led to manifold new forms of migration that extend well beyond the typical post-colonial migrations of the post-World War Two period. The focus on the impact of globalisation on migration has led to a much more extensive study of transnational forms of migration and community, particularly among anthropologists. This, though, needs to be compared to historical forms of diaspora which also share similar tendencies exploding the container view of society, expressed in typical nation-centred debates on immigration, integration and citizenship. We will also introduce another related and contested concept:.

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Essential reading:

* Glick Schiller, Nina, Basch, Linda & Szanton Blanc Cristina. 1995. ‘From immigrant to transmigrant: theorizing transnational migration’. Anthropological Quarterly . Vol. 68, no.1: 48-63. AVAILABLE ONLINE AT LIBRARY http://0-www.jstor.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/stable/3317464

 *Brubaker, Roger ‘The ‘diaspora’s diaspora’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0141987042000289997

*Kofman, Eleonore. ‘Figures of the cosmopolitan: priviledged nationals and national outsiders’


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Seminar Questions:

How new is “transnationalism”? How does it relate to concepts of “diaspora”

Why are some migrant groups more transnational than others? Does Europe differ from North America or elsewhere in this respect?

What kinds of new technologies and practices have made transnationalism possible?

Are transnationalism and integration possible?

What kinds of evidence do you see of “super-diversity” in cities like Leeds or London?

How does “super-diversity” map out onto Britain’s familiar politics of race, minorities, and post-colonial history?

What difference does being part of the EU (or not) make to these questions?

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Additional reading / references

Levitt, Peggy and Glick-Schiller, Nina. ‘Conceptualising simultaneity: a transnational social field perspective on society’. International migration review. . ONLINE

Cohen, Robin. Global Diasporas: An Introduction .

Hall, Stuart ‘ Cultural identity and diaspora

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3. Historical Groundings: the global formation of race

Prof Ian Law

This lecture will consider the development of archives of race thinking and notions of racial origins and ancestry to name and label perceived divisions between groups of people. Early pre‑capitalist sources, or archives of knowledge, and contexts for race thinking will be discussed with attention to differing forms of white, black, yellow, Islamic, Semitic and gypsy racial categorisation. Particular consideration will be given to the development of both European forms of race thinking and racial systems of thought emerging from other regional contexts such as China and Japan.

Secondly, the links between colonialism, genocide, mercantile capitalism and plantation slavery will be examined. The intertwining of race with imperial expansion, the rise of nation states and the formation of racialised modernity will be identified. Genocidal strategies in Africa and Australia will provide case study material.

Thirdly, the progressive power of race to mobilise groups in the context of struggles of resistance, emancipation and liberation will be examined, for example opposition to slavery, African nationalism, Pan‑Africanism and Négritude. The contribution of Edward Blyden, W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon to these debates will be highlighted. This lecture will then provide a historical grounding in the global formation of race introducing the complexity of race thinking, polyracism theory and an assessment of the power of race to inspire both mass violence and mass resistance.

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Essential reading

(Available on VLE)

Chapter 1, Law, Ian. 2010. Racism and ethnicity : global debates, dilemmas, directions . London: Pearson

Dikotter, Frank. 1994. Racial identities in China, context and meaning, The China quarterly. , 138: 404-412.

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Seminar questions:

What is race, and what is racism?

What are the origins of race thinking both inside and outside Europe? And specifically in China?

How did colonialism establish a language of racial order?

How has blackness been mobilized?

Why is Du Bois considered the first sociologist of race?

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Additional reading

Spickard, P. (ed.) (2005) Race and nation : ethnic systems in the modern world , London: Routledge. This edited text provides accounts of the development of racialised identity hierarchies in a diverse range of regions and settings across the globe.

Winant, H. (2001) The world is a ghetto : race and democracy since World War II , Oxford; Basic Books. This compelling account focuses on the more dominant understanding of race and racism as the products of Western slavery, colonialism and Empire, and relations between the ‘West and the Rest’, providing both historical developments and contemporary patterns across selected global regions.

Dikotter, F. (ed.) (1997) The construction of racial identities in China and Japan : historical and contemporary perspectives , London: Hurst . This edited collection challenges the idea that race and racism are ‘Western concepts’ and that, as China has argued, racism therefore does not exist in that country. It also examines racial nationalisms, oppression of racialised minorities including the Ainu and the growth of anti‑semitism in China and Japan.

Jones, A. (2006) Genocide: a comprehensive introduction , Abingdon: Routledge. This student text provides valuable case study material on genocide with material on indigenous people, colonial contexts and the Jewish Holocaust.

Bancroft, A. (2005) Roma and Gypsy-Travellers in Europe : modernity, race, space, and exclusion , Aldershot: Ashgate. This provides a pan‑European account of Roma and Gypsy‑Travellers, examining exclusions, identities and contemporary experiences. This book examines explanations of the development of forms of race and racism which draw on social relations inside Europe.

Zuckerman, P. (ed.) (2004) The social theory of W.E.B. Du Bois , London: Pine Forge . Lewis, D.L. This edited collection of the work of Du Bois provides the opportunity for students to explore key writings of this leading black intellectual and his views on race, racism and resistance.

Dennis, R. (2003) ‘W.E.B. Du Bois’s concept of double consciousness,’ in J. Stone and R. Dennis, Race and ethnicity : comparative and theoretical approaches , Oxford: Blackwell. This chapter examines the extent to which Du Bois used the concept of double consciousness as a central problem for oppressed groups and critically reviews some contemporary re‑statements of this idea by Heinze and Gilroy. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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4. Black women’s bodies as spectacle: The Black Venus

Dr Shirley Anne Tate

The Black Venus is a representation of Black women that has a long history in the European imagination. The European gaze has made Black women’s bodies into spectacles because of their assumed hyper-sexuality, closeness to nature and animalistic tendencies from the mythical Sable Venus to Sartje Baartmann, Josephine Baker to Grace Jones, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek and Amber.

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Essential Reading

Hobson, J. (2005) Venus in the dark : blackness and beauty in popular culture , London: Routledge: Chapter 2

Morgan, J. (2009) ‘‘‘Some could suckle over their shoulder’: male travellers, female bodies and the gendering of racial ideology, 1500-1770’ in K. Wallace-Sanders (ed.) Skin deep, spirit strong : the black female body in American culture , Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press: 37-65

Tate, S.A. (2015) ‘Looking at the Sable –Saffron Venus: Iconography, affect and (post)colonial hygiene’ in S.A.Tate Black women's bodies and the nation : race, gender and culture , London: Palgrave Macmillan:17-46

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Seminar Questions

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Additional reading

Bennett M. and V. Dickerson (2001) (eds.) Recovering the black female body : self-representations by African American women , New Jersey: Rutgers University Press

Clarke, K.M. and Thomas, D.A. (eds.) Globalization and race : transformations in the cultural production of blackness , Durham: Duke University Press

Sharpley-Whiting, T.D. (1999) Black Venus : sexualized savages, primal fears, and primitive narratives in French ’, Durham: Duke University: Chapter 1.

Tate, S.A. (2015) ‘Are we all Creoles? ‘Sable-Saffron Venus, Rachel Christie and Aesthetic Creolization’ in E. Gutierrez rodriguez and S.A. Tate (eds) Creolizing Europe : legacies and transformations , Liverpool: Liverpool University Press:100-117 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Wallace-Sanders, K. (ed.) Skin deep, spirit strong : the black female body in American culture , Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press

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5. Blackness, Whiteness, Colonialism and Decoloniality

Dr Shirley Tate

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Essential readings

*Fanon, F. (1986) Black Skin, White Masks, Pluto Press: London, Chapter 5

*Césaire,A.(2000) Discourse on colonialism / Aimé Césaire ; translated by Joan Pinkham. A poetics of anticolonialism [new introduction], Monthly Review Press- Introduction

*Alessandrini, A. (ed) (1999) Frantz Fanon : critical perspectives, Routledge: Introduction

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Additional readings

Badiane, M. (2010) The changing face of Afro-Caribbean cultural identity : Negrismo and Négritude, Lexington Books

Button, C.M. (2009) Globalization and political action in the work of Edouard Glissant, Small axe., 30, Vol.13, No 3, November: 1-11

Candelario, G. (2007) Black behind the ears : Dominican racial identity from museums to beauty shops, Duke University Press

Fanon, F. (1968) The Wretched of the Earth, Grove Press Inc

Gibson, N. (2003) Fanon : the postcolonial imagination, Polity Press

Glissant,E. (1992) Caribbean discourse : selected essays, University of Virginia Press/ CARAF BOOKS

Glissant,E (1997 ) Poetics of relation, The University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor – Dictate, Decree pp 91- 109; The Relative and Chaos pp 133-140

Gordon, L.R. (1995) Fanon and the crisis of European man : an essay on philosophy and the human sciences, Routledge

Gordon, L.R., Sharpley-Whiting,T.D. and White, R.T. (1996) Fanon: A Critical Reader, Blackwell

Gutierrez Rodriguez, E. and Tate, S.A. (eds.) (2015) Creolizing Europe : legacies and transformations. Liverpool University Press

Mabana, C. I. (2009) Negritude : legacy and present relevance, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Mardorossian, C. (2009) From Fanon to Glissant: A Martinican genealogy, Small axe., 30, Vol. 13, No.3, November

Sharpley-Whiting, T. D. (1998) Frantz Fanon : conflicts and feminisms. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc

Walsh, J.P. (2011) Césaire reads Touissant L’Ouverture: The Haitian revolution and the problem of departmentalization, Small axe. 35, March: 110-124

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6. Race and superdiversity

Dr Roxana Barbulescu

Sustained postwar migration has created societies with diverse population in terms of origin, ethnicity or race. If in the past the migrant communities originated from mainly the former colonies, new migrations from Europe and the arrival of refugees and asylum seekers have brought in new complexities for the societies of destination. Scholars have called this phenomenon “super –diversity” and have tried to understand its implications for the organisation of society and its impact on the daily lives of migrants. In this lecture we will define the controversial concept super-diversity and will explore to what extent it applies to the British context. Emphasis will be placed on how the concept work on British cities. 

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Essential Reading

*Vertovec, Steven. 2007. ‘Super-diversity and its implications’. Ethnic and racial studies.. Vol.30, no.6: 1024-1054.


*Black L. and S. Sinha ‘Multicultural Conviviality in the Midst of Racism’s Ruins’, Journal of intercultural studies., http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07256868.2016.1211625

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Seminar Questions

How is super-diversity different from diversity and why is this important?

Why is a super-diversity controversial in Britain?

What kinds of evidence do you see of “super-diversity” in cities like Leeds or London?

How does “super-diversity” map out onto Britain’s familiar politics of race, minorities, and post-colonial history?

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Additional Reading

Spencer, Sarah. ‘Super-diversity and the city’


Hall, Suzanne. ‘Super-diverse street: a ‘trans-ethnography’ across migrant localities’


Wessendord, Susanne. Commonplace diversity : social relations in a super-diverse context.

Gilroy, P. (2006) ‘Multiculture in times of war: an inaugural lecture given at the London School of Economics,’Critical quarterly., 48(4): 27-44). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8705.2006.00731.x/abstract

Alexander Claire ‘Making Bengali Brick Lane: claiming and contesting space in East London, The British journal of sociology. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2011.01361.x/pdf

Nathan, Max (2011) The economics of super-diversity: findings from British cities, 2001-2006. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33578/1/sercdp0068.pdf

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7. Everyday racism and racist performances

Dr Paul Bagguley


This lecture examines how racism is performed and experienced in everyday interactions. It draws upon detailed ethnographic research in the USA, UK and Europe. It seeks to examine how racialized minorities experience and define racism in these countries, and the contexts in which they occur. It examines how racism is performed ‘strategically’ by some from dominant racial groups at times and places that might be defined as ‘private’ or ’back-regions’. It seeks to examine the situations and circumstances under which such ‘private racisms’ may quite suddenly come to be performed ‘publicly’. It is suggested that these kinds of analysis challenge currently fashionable ideas about public culture in the West being increasingly ‘convivial’, cosmopolitan, post-racial or ‘colour-blind racism’. It is suggested that these ‘private’ racist performances are one means by which the broader structures of racism are reproduced.

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Seminar questions

What are front region and back region performances? What are the implications of these ideas for the identification of racism?

How do ‘settings’ influence racist performances?

What are the implications of social media for back stage racist performances?

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Essential reading

Eliasoph, N. "Everyday Racism" in a Culture of Political Avoidance: Civil Society, Speech, and Taboo, Social problems. , Vol. 46, No. 4 (Nov., 1999), pp. 479-502

Essed P. 1991. Understanding everyday racism : an interdisciplinary theory (chap 3) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Houts Picca, L and Feagin, J R. 2007. Two-faced racism : Whites in the backstage and frontstage , chapter 1 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva


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Additional reading

Bonilla-Silva, E. 2002. “The Linguistics of Colorblind Racism: How to Talk Nasty About Blacks Without Sounding “Racist”.” Critical sociology. 28 (1–2): 41–64.

Feagin, J R. The Continuing Significance of Race: Antiblack Discrimination in Public Places, American sociological review. , Vol. 56, No. 1 (Feb., 1991), pp. 101-116.

Hussain, Y. and Bagguley, P. (2012) ‘Funny Looks: British Pakistani’s experiences after 7 July 2005’, Ethnic and racial studies. .

Love, A., and M. Hughey. 2015. “Out of Bounds? Racial Discourse on College Basketball Message Boards.” Ethnic and racial studies. 28 (6): 877–893.

Myers, K A and Williamson, P. Race talk: the perpetuation of racism through private discourse, Race and society. 4 (2001) 3–26.

Mueller, J.C., Dirks, D. & Picca, L.H. ‘Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Other’, Qualitative sociology. (2007) 30: 315.

Coates, Rodney D. ‘Covert Racism in the USA and Globally’, Sociology Compass, Volume 2, Issue 1, pages 208–231, January 2008.

Hylton, K. and Lawrence, S (2016) ‘For your ears only!’ Donald Sterling and backstage racism in sport’, Ethnic and racial studies. To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1177193

Hughey, M. 2011. “Backstage Discourse and the Reproduction of White Masculinities.” The sociological quarterly. 52 (1): 132–153.


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8. The emergence of Islamophobia

Dr Paul Bagguley

Islamophobia is a concept that has apparently emerged quite recently within social scientific and public discourse. Yet it remains an essentially contested term. This lecture addresses the various reasons for its emergence. Has the concept simply emerged to describe the phenomenon as it appeared in society? How can we adequately define Islamophobia when there is so much over use of the concept? To what extent is Islamophobia just a form of racism? Various examples of Islamopohobia will be discussed, but with an emphasis on media reporting and societal responses to terrorism.

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Seminar questions

How did the Runnymede Trust define Islamophobia?

What are the main problems with this definition?

Is it possible to distinguish between Islamophobia and racism?

Do we need a concept of Islamophobia?

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Essential reading

Said, E. W. 2003. Orientalism , chap 3, part IV.

Runnymede Trust. 1997/2003. Islamophobia : a challenge for us all : report of the Runnymede Trust Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia . London: Runnymede Trust,

Miles, R. and Brown, M. (2003) Racism chaps 4 and 6. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Sayyid, Salman (2011) ‘Out of the Devil’s Dictionary’, in S. Sayyid and A. Vakil (eds.) Thinking through Islamophobia : global perspectives , London and New York: Hurst. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Additional reading

Abbas, T. (2005), ‘British south Asian Muslims: before and after September 11’, in Abbas, T. (ed) (2005) Muslim Britain : communities under pressure . London: Zed Press.

Allen, C. (2005) ‘From Race to Religion: the New Face of Discrimination’, in Abbas, T. (ed) Muslim Britain : communities under pressure . London: Zed Press.

Allen, C. (2010) Islamophobia , Farnham: Ashgate.

Bravo-Lopez, F. (2011) ‘Towards a definition of Islamophobia: approximations of the early twentieth century’, Ethnic and racial studies. , 34(4): 556-73.

Dunn, K.M. (2001) ‘Representations of Islam in the Politics of Mosque Development in Sydney’, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie = Journal of economic and social geography. 92(3): 291–308.

Franks, M. (2000) ‘Crossing the borders of whiteness? White Muslim women who wear the hijab in Britain today’, Ethnic and racial studies. , 23(5): 917-29.

Hussain, Yasmin and Bagguley, Paul (2012) ‘Securitized citizens: Islamophobia, racism and the 7/7 London bombings’, The sociological review. 60(4): 715-734.

Joppke, C. (2009) ‘Limits of Integration Policy: Britain and her Muslims’, Journal of ethnic and migration studies. 35(3): 453-72.

Miles, R. and Brown, M. (2003) Racism , London: Routledge.

Poole, E. (2002) Reporting Islam: media representations of British Muslims , London: I.B.Taurus.

Modood, T. (2005) Multicultural politics : racism, ethnicity and Muslims in Britain , Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Moore, K. et. al. (2008) Images of Islam in the UK: The Representation of British Muslims in the national Print News Media 2000-2008 , Cardiff: Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. available from https://orca.cf.ac.uk/53005/1/08channel4-dispatches.pdf

Nickels, H.C. et. al. (2010) A Comparative Study of the Representations of “Suspect” Communities in Multi-Ethnic Britain and their Impact on Irish Communities and Muslim Communities – Mapping Newspaper Content , London: City University. available from http://archive.londonmet.ac.uk/iset/londonmet/fms/MRSite/Research/iset/Working%20Paper%20Series/WP13%20.pdf

Poynting, S. and Mason, V. (2006) ‘Tolerance, Freedom, Justice and Peace? Britain, Australia and Anti-Muslim Racism since 11 September 2001’, Journal of intercultural studies. , 27(4): 365-91.

Poynting, S. and Mason, V. (2007) ‘The resistible rise of Islamophobia: Anti-Muslim racism in the UK and Australia before 11 September 2001’, Journal of sociology. , 43(1): 61-86.

Runnymede Trust (1997/2003) Islamophobia : a challenge for us all : report of the Runnymede Trust Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia , London: Runnymede Trust.

Said, E. W. (2003) Orientalism , London: Penguin.

Sardar, Z. (1999) Orientalism , Buckingham: Open University Press.

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9. Contemporary global racialisation: models, methodologies and monitoring

Prof Ian Law

Firstly, this lecture will begin by examining the debate between David Goldberg and Frank Dikotter over the nature and processes of global racialisation and the strengths and weaknesses of relational methodologies and interactive models.

Secondly this lecture will examine processes of international monitoring of racism and reporting systems including the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, the European Network Against Racism and the European Council for Racism and Intolerance, together with the work of the European Roma Rights Centre and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.

Thirdly this lecture will introduce the Mapping Global Racisms (MGR) research project and the CERS MGR Young Researchers Archive and approaches to monitoring racism applying critical race theory in global contexts.

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Essential reading

Read one of the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism Country Visit reports and present a summary at the tutorial, reports available at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Racism/SRRacism/Pages/CountryVisits.aspx

Goldberg, David Theo.2009. 'Racial comparisons, relational racisms: some thoughts on method', Ethnic and racial studies. , 32:7,1271 — 1282

Dikötter, Frank. 2008. 'The racialization of the globe: an interactive interpretation', Ethnic and racial studies. ,31:8,1478 — 1496

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Seminar questions:

What are the key messages of the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism Country Visit report you have chosen to examine?

What is Dikotter’s interactive model of global racialisation?

Why is it important to employ a relational analysis of racism as Goldberg proposes?

How can you apply these methodologies to the country you have chosen to report on?

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Additional reading

Mapping Global Racisms Archive Case Studies at www.cers.leeds.ac.uk

Goldberg, David Theo. 2009. The threat of race : reflections on racial neoliberalism . Oxford: Blackwell

Law Ian. 2012. Red racisms : racism in communist and post-communist contexts . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Law Ian et al. 2014. Mediterranean racisms : connections and complexities in the racialization of the Mediterranean region . Basingstoke: Palgrave

Law, Ian and Shirley Tate. 2015. Caribbean racisms : connections and complexities in the racialixation of the Caribbean region . Basingstoke: Palgrave


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10. Racial representation of men in Hollywood cinema

Dr Yasmin Hussain

This lecture considers the way in which African American men have been represented in Hollywood cinema. Contemporary films shows the integration of successful Black actors and we explore what has brought about these changes.

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Essential readings

*VLE readings on the Magical Negro: 1, 2 and 3.

*VLE readings on Black men and film and Boyz N the Hood

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Seminar topics

  • Historical images of masculinity
  • Black Sexuality
  • American Action Hero
  • Blaxsploitation
  • ‘Tan Decade’
  • Buddy Movies
  • Black Criminals & Cops
  • Superheroes

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Additional readings

Bernardi, D. (2001), Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness, Minnesota press, U.S.A (ch.8)

Cohan, S; Hark I.R.(1993), Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema, Routledge, London. Ch. 10.

Diawara, M. (1993), Black American cinema, Routledge, London (ch.16).

Null, G. (1975) Black Hollywood : the black performer in motion pictures, Citadel Press, New York.

Tasker, Y. (1993), Spectacular bodies : gender, genre and the action cinema, Routledge, London.

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11. Racial representation of women in Hollywood cinema

Dr Yasmin Hussain

This lecture will explore the way in which African American women have been represented within Hollywood cinema in the past and more contemporary images.

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Essential readings

*Black women in Hollywood cinema (VLE)

*"Waiting to Exhale" or "Breath(ing) Again": A Search for Identity, Empowerment, and Love in the 199O's Tina M. Harris and Patricia S. Hill (VLE, Waiting to Exhale)

* Waiting to Exhale: African American Women and Adult Learning Through Movies Elice E. Rogers (VLE, Waiting to Exhale 2)

* Beyond a ‘Just’ Syntax: Black Actresses, Hollywood and Complex Personhood, Rebecca Wanzo (VLE, Black Actresses and stereotypes)


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Seminar topics

  • Laura Mulvey – Visual pleasures
  • Historical Images of women – Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind
  • Miss Cleo-type – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Monsters Ball
  • Superheroes

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Additional readings

Hollows, J; Jancovich, M. (1995), Approaches to popular film, Manchester University Press, Manchester. (ch6 &7).

Neale, S. (1993), ‘Proglogue: Masculinity as Spectacle’ in Cohan, S; Hark I.R.Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema, Routledge, London.

Radner, H. (1998), ‘New Hollywood’s new woman: murder in mind – Sarah and Margie, in Neale, S and Smith, M. (1998), Contemporary Hollywood cinema, Routledge, London.

Tasker, Y. (1998), Working girls : gender and sexuality in popular cinema, Routledge, London.

Thornham, S. (1999), Feminist film theory : a reader, Edinburgh Press, Edinburgh (ch.5). (part V1, ch.20-23).

This list was last updated on 20/09/2016