DOI: 10.12924/si2013.01010013 |Publication Date: 22 April 2013

Challenging Racist Violence and Racist Hostility in 'Post-Racial' Times: Research and Action in Leeds, UK, 2006-2012

Ian Law 1, * , Jenny Simms 2 and Ala Sirriyeh 3
1 School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK
2 Jenny Simms is an Independent Researcher.
3 School of Social and International Studies, University of Bradford, UK
* Corresponding author
Abstract: Despite increasing understanding, evidence and official commitment to challenge these patterns, racist hostility and violence continue to have an enduring presence in urban and rural life in the UK. This indicates the paradoxical nature of this racial crisis and challenges for antiracism as a political project. This paper charts how these issues play out at the local level through an examination of a five year process from problem identification through to research, response, action and aftermath from 2006 to 2012 in the city of Leeds, UK, with a focus on two predominantly white working class social housing estates in the city. We explore how embedded tensions and antagonisms can begin to be challenged, while examining how the contemporary climate of austerity and cuts in services, together with prevailing post-racial thinking, make the likelihood of such concerted action in the UK increasingly remote.

Keywords: antiracism; housing; racist harassment


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