Racism and Anti-Racism in Europe is an in-depth political sociological study of the phenomenon of anti-racism, as both political discourse and social movement practice in western Europe.
It develops a comparative study of anti-racism in Britain, France, Italy and Ireland. While ‘race’ and racism have been submitted to many profound analyses across a variety of disciplines, anti-racism has often been dealt with as either the mere opposite of racism or as a theme for prescriptives or polemics by those concerned with the persistence of racist discrimination. In contrast, this book views anti-racism as a variety of discourses that reflect a spread of positions central to the understanding of the politics of modern states. A reading of anti-racism provides us with insight not only into current debates on citizenship, immigration and Europeanisation, but it also crucially assists us in understanding the nature of race, racism and racialisation themselves.
Due to the fact that anti-racism has provided explanations of racism that guide policy and public opinion today, its development as a discourse and a form of collective action merits our scholarly attention. This is of particular importance at a time of mounting state racism against asylum seekers, migrants and refugees throughout Europe and beyond.