The MCB's Research & Documentation Committee has launched a new section on the MCB website - 'Soundings'.
Robin Richardson reads the Prospect articles with an eye to its political timing and finds the intervention Very Sad
The first topic under discussion is 'Beyond Race and Multiculturalism?' - offering critical responses to assertions in Prospect magazine (October 2010) that "the ideology of multiculturalism has over-racialised human relations, stressed separate rather than common needs and encouraged a sense of victimhod among minorities...".
Contributions so far from
Alastair Bonnett sets the Prospect debate in the context of the struggle to think race and ethnicity in Britain in its own terms in 'Out from Under the Shadow of the USA?'
Tariq Modood considers whether we really are 'Beyond Racism and Ethnicity? and concludes that 'Saying its time to move on from talking about racism is far too simplistic'
Chris Allen ponders how Multiculturalism stands the challenges of Superdiversity and finds the Prospect dossier short on The Real Rethinking Required.
Nasar Meer charts the regressive impact of MII knowledge and the mainstreaming of assimilationism on policy discussion of race and racism, and deems the Prospect intervention Rhetoric In Spite of Evidence
Ian Law argues that heralding of the `death of antiracism' brings with it the old-style denial of the ongoing, everyday significance of racist hostility and violence
Yunis Alam will not be mourning the passing of the Multiculturalism of Tolerance but where social exclusion is concerned, if ethnicity isn't the only, or most important marker for many of us, at all levels, racism is alive and kicking
Nissa Finney suggests that it would be more fruitful to ask 'how and to what extent does ethnicity matter for people's lives today?' and argues that it is premature to conclude that ethnicity does not play a role in people's lives
Jenny Bourne denounces the poverty of Prospect's Either/Or thinking: Its Both Class And Race
Gargi Bhattacharyya refuses to be drawn into Prospect's cul-de-sacs. We are on the brink of some of the most cataclysmic attacks on minority ethnic and other poor communities that have been seen in a generation, she warns, the combined attacks on the most disadvantaged will harden lines of class and race
Claire Alexander considers the timing of the Prospect intervention and concludes that this is less 'Rethinking Race' than denying racism, substituting an anti-politics of personal experience and 'I'm alright, Jack-isms' for a politics of equality
Shamim Miah finds Counter terrorism a conspicuous absence from Prospect's strangely 'honest way' of discussing 'race'. Meanwhile, back in the Real World of Prevent... in Oldham and elsewhere "Community Cohesion" is closing down projects that made a difference to tackling 'race' equality on the ground
Said Adrus: Fragile - Handle With Care
Amir Saeed is bewildered at the world seen Through The Prospect Looking Glass. At a time when the Far-Right have achieved electoral breakthroughs across Europe and are gaining such confidence that street politics punctuated with violence and harassment is back on their agenda, he's got Malcolm on his Mind
D. Tyrer finds the Prospect dossier both disappointing and worrying and its 'Rethink' trading on tabloid cliches. In the context of the hegemonic racial politics of populist street rallies and rising Islamophobia, he warns, we cannot afford to wish away the conceptual tools for engaging with racism.
Alana Lentin and Gavan Titley respond to Prospect magazine's 'Rethinking Race' with the riposte 'Zombies, again'
David Gillborn and Chris Vieler-Porter explain why Tony Sewell's views on education are dangerous and lack evidence
Lucinda Platt considers that 'A Dose of Stanley Fish' would not be amiss
Click here for ReDoc Soundings