Race, class and the state: From Marxism to 'Post-modernism'

Rattansi, Ali
December 1995
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter95, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p23
Academic Journal
The article discusses the interrelation of race, labor class, and the state. The history of discussion on the topic in Great Britain from 1960s to 1980s is summarized, including the influence of A. Sivanandan's 1976 essay called 'Race, Class and the State: The Black Experience in Britain.' Rather than criticizing Sivanandan's analysis here, the author presents support for the arguments of Marxists who at the time had begun to distance themselves from Sivanandan's mode of Marxist analysis. He seeks to show how more sophisticated forms of Marxism can be deployed to make better sense of the immigration policy in Britain between 1945 and 1962. He suggests that a break needs to be made with Marxist assumptions and operationalising, moving toward an analysis of racism incorporating elements of post-modern social analysis.


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