Alastair Bonnett

Alastair Bonnett
Newcastle University | NCL · School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

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In the context of increasing dissatisfaction with “Eurocentric” models of racialization, this paper draws on the idea of plural modernities to offer an alternative. It argues that diverse modernities and racializations are “co-evolving” and interwoven and that these processes have been profoundly shaped by, but cannot be reduced to merely a set of...
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Geographers have a developing interest in the place of enchantment and the ‘extra-ordinary’ in the modern city. The paper shows that magic has a significant role in the work of many psychogeographical writers, artists and activists, and argues that this phenomenon needs to be understood in the context of the wider use of magic as a site and symbol...
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This article explores the relationship between environmental crisis, narcissism and the work of grief. In the first section, we provide an overview of the way narcissism has re-emerged in recent scholarship within cultural geography and environmental psychology. Developing and in part challenging the normative focus on selfish, self-destructive con...
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We are familiar with the importance of 'progress' and 'change'. But what about loss? Across the world, from Beijing to Birmingham, people are talking about loss: about the loss that occurs when populations try to make new lives in new lands as well as the loss of traditions, languages and landscapes. The Geography of Nostalgia is the first study of...
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This paper examines the relationship between a desire to create novel living arrangements and yearning for a ‘better’ past. It is argued that a critical engagement with nostalgia can be used to open up issues of historical persistence and ambiguity. The paper draws on exploratory analysis carried out on examples of three emerging forms of residenti...
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Drawing on interviews with ex‐residents of Tyneside (United Kingdom), this paper builds on recent reappraisals of nostalgia as a ‘productive’ and ‘living’ disposition, to show how fond memories and a sense of loss shape and sustain engagement with the city. In contrast to recent attempts to identify active nostalgia only with its ‘reflective’ forms...
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This article offers an analysis of the construction and deployment of the ideas of ‘the West’ and ‘tradition’ in the social commentary of Ashis Nandy. It argues that Nandy's ‘critical’ defence of tradition is framed and animated by occidentalism and renders tradition into a paradoxical space of redemption and innocence. The first part of the paper...
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Introduction Chapter One: Nostalgia and the Left: Denial, Danger and Doubt Chapter Two: Nostalgia in and against English Socialist History, 1775-1894 Chapter Three: Worlds We Have Lost: Nostalgia in Anti-Colonialism and Postcolonialism Chapter Four: The Melancholia of Cosmopolis Chapter Five: Yearning at the Extremes: Situationist Nostalgia Chapter...
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Drawing on the example of British antiracism, I argue that nostalgia is an integral and constitutive force within the radical imagination. The first section of the paper is historical and contextual. It shows how attachments to the past and associated feelings of loss and regret (attachments and emotions which combine to form nostalgia) became marg...
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This article argues that British psychogeography is an arena of conflict between two important and unresolved strands within radicalism: the use of the past to critique industrial modernity and the suppression of nostalgia. The article begins by outlining the emergence of nostalgia as a site of dilemma and creativity within political radicalism. It...
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We used to hate nostalgia. The sentimentalism, the conservatism, the sheer vulgarity of it were beneath contempt. In 1962 Eric Hobsbawm brusquely observed that ideologies that offer ‘resistance to progress hardly deserve the name of systems of thought’ (Hobsbawm, 1962: 290). But something has changed. Nostalgia is getting noisy. Today’s socialist m...
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Drawing on examples of white imitation, this article discusses the racialization of facial expression. Taking the white imitator Grey Owl as my principal example, I argue that the employment of facial expressions as racial symbols is beset by a tenacious ambiguity. The genesis of the stern yet fierce “Indian look” is discussed in the context of the...
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Following recent debate on US influence on anti-racism around the world, this article offers a critical assessment of how anti-racism is being shaped and disseminated. It is argued that the US-Americanisation of anti-racism is autonomous of US political will or action and has a complex and contingent relationship with neo-liberal globalisation. Aft...
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This article examines the role of nostalgia within situationist theory and politics. After introducing the Situationist International and the need to rethink the politics of nostalgia, it is shown that nostalgia had both a productive and a disruptive place in situationist thought; that it enabled some of their key insights yet also introduced incoh...
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This paper discusses the development of anti-racist consciousness amongst educationalists in a predominantly white location in Britain (Tyneside). The notion that the emergence of anti-racism in ‘white’ areas can be adequately conceptualized in terms of anti-racism's move from ‘multiracial’ locations is rejected. It is argued that the development o...
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This paper explores the beliefs and practices of the mythopoetic men's movement. More specifically, it focuses on the movement's adherents' representations of “racial” identity and wilderness. After introducing the movement, I argue that, a) the mythopoetic men's movement creatively reworks colonialist fantasies of non-Western societies and landsca...
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The conflation of the West with modernity is being challenged by new critical interventions on the themes of 'occidentalism' and 'plural modernities'. In this paper I bring these themes together into an account of the way the idea of the West has been employed and deployed in the construction of non-Western modernities. This is done in the company...
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When Frantz Fanon’s L’An Cinq de la Révolution Algérienne appeared in 1959 it seemed to be part of an unstoppable tide of anti-colonial socialist liberation. Translated as Studies in a Dying Colonialism, the publisher’s blurb on the first English edition (1965) proclaims that this is a work that ‘has much to say to a world dominated by revolutionar...
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The idea of the West cannot be understood in isolation from other ways of dividing up humanity. Drawing on British examples, this chapter explores the rise of the West in relation to the fall of whiteness. Thus it offers an account that distinguishes and analyses two ubiquitous ideas that are often confused and conflated. More specifically, I will...
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The West is not a Western invention. At least, not simply or merely. It was developed and imagined in important, new and influential ways in the non-West. This argument implies a re-orientation of the way the modern world is imagined. It challenges the tautological use of such phrases as ‘Western modernity’ and ‘Western civilisation’. It also sugge...
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The ideas of ‘Western civilisation’ and ‘Western decadence’ came to prominence, in Western Europe, in a sickly embrace at the turn of the nineteenth century. Surveying the various tracts on decline at this time, we often find an attitude of sophisticated cynicism. We see an intellectual community coming to equate profundity of insight with pessimis...
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The idea of the West remains in motion. Despite the confidant predictions of its certain and imminent decline that have accompanied every stage of its modern life, the West today is a far more ubiquitous concept than it was one hundred years ago and, perhaps, at any point in the past. The challenge that presents itself is to divine the current traj...
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‘Westerniser’ is rarely used as a compliment. It smacks of slavish imitation, of wishing to replace indigenous society with an illegitimate import. Westernisers are associated with a passive, uncritical enthusiasm. Conversely, to be critical of the West appears more active, more engaged, more independent.
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In 1931, Buddhadev Bose felt able to announce that ‘the age of Tagore was gone’ (cited by Chakrabarty, 2000, p. 160). Bose’s pronouncement was certainly prescient. As we shall see in this chapter, Tagore’s ideal of Asian spirituality was soon to be overshadowed by other, newly emergent, ideologies.
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The idea of the West was fundamental to the Soviet Union. The USSR inherited a long tradition of Russian debate on the nature and merits of Westernisation. The Bolsheviks developed and adapted this tradition. In the process they helped establish the West as a politically self-conscious and recognisable entity: a place defined as non-Communist and a...
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Abstract Drawing on British works of imperial and social commentary, this article shows how a literature of white crisis emerged between 1890–1930. It was a literature that, whilst claiming to defend and affirm white identity, in fact exposed the limits of whiteness as a form of social solidarity. It is shown how these studies drew together a varie...
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This article addresses and connects two areas of controversy within contemporary geography: the parochialism of contemporary human geography and the gulf between university and non-university geography. It is argued that we can find the cause of the latter phenomenon in the origin of the former, namely in academic geography's unwillingness to re-im...
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Cultural geographies of racialization -the territory of race The categories we use to divide the world and its peoples are usually represented as uncontrover-sial and commonsensical. ‘Asian’, ‘African’, ‘European’, ‘western’ trip off the tongue as if they were the most natural of ideas. National, regional, religious and other ethnic classifications...
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This article offers an explanation of how and why the British working class, from being marginal to white identity in the nineteenth century, came to adopt and adapt this identity in the twentieth century. The changing position of whiteness within the symbolic constitution of capitalism is discussed. More specifically, the transition from whiteness...
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This article offers a portrait of communism in the USSR as an ethnicized form of modernity; a form defined in relation to the idea of `the West'. First, I introduce the `racialized modernity' thesis and suggest that notions of race and racialization are neither adequate nor appropriate categories to apply to the reification of modernity in the USSR...
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Drawing largely on Latin and North American and British examples, the three sections of this article each provide a different illustration of the relationship between whiteness, modernity and the urban. The article, first, offers a critique of the lack of engagement with the issue of racialization apparent within some recent studies of urban wester...
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This article traces the development of race equity initiatives in Peru in the context of economic “liberalisation” and Western cultural hegemony. Drawing on interviews with Peruvian antiracist educators, we argue that the development of race equity programmes is being shaped by contradictory sociopolitical pressures. On the one hand, these initiati...
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This article draws on the work of the Japanese Westerniser and nationalist Fukuzawa Yukichi and the Turkish nationalist and critical proponent of Westernisation, Ziya Gökalp, in order to understand the development and deployment of the idea of the West. It is shown that the relation between the 'non-West' and West is not staged simply or purely in...
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The collection of ethnic and racial statistics has become common in a growing number of institutional settings. Yet contemporary approaches to race and ethnicity suggest that the very process of compelling people to assign themselves to one of a small number of racial or ethnic 'boxes' is, at best, essentialist and, at worst, racist. This article w...
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This article was published in the journal, International Studies in Sociology of Education [© Taylor and Francis]. The definitive version: Carrington, B. et al, 2000. The recruitment of new teachers from minority ethnic groups. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 10 (1), is available at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09620214....
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This article reports on part of a larger, ongoing two-year investigation supported by the Teacher Training Agency into the recruitment of new teachers from minority ethnic backgrounds via Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses in England. The authors focus here on interviews with admissions tutors, course directors and other senior st...
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During the 20 years since the publication of the Rampton Report (1981) concern has been voiced about the under representation of minority ethnic groups in teaching in England and Wales, and their relative lack of opportunities for career advancement. The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) has lobbied for policy interventions to address the issue...
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This article provides a critical history of the conflation of European and white identities. It commences with an overview of pre-modern white identities in China and the Middle East. The production of a racialized European white identity is then examined. The obsessional, exclusionary character of European racial whiteness is related to the gradua...
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ABSTRACT While the influence of multicultural and anti-racist education has declined significantly in England and Wales since the late 1980s (as a result of the continuing impact of New Right thinking on education policy), this has not occurred in other countries. For example, in Canada successive federal administrations-irrespective of political h...
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The aim of this paper is to compare constructions of anti-racist education in Canada and Britain. Particular attention is given to developments in the province of Ontario and in England and Wales. It is argued that the ideological characteristics of anti-racism in each country have been shaped by particular national and local discourses of 'racial'...
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Drawing on key student texts this article examines the development of ‘racial’ studies within geography. Three contemporary approaches are delineated: empiricism, the geography of ‘race’ relations, and social constructionism. Each of these paradigms is seen to constitute different objects and methods of geographical ‘racial’ inquiry. After noting t...
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This article addresses the construction of ‘whiteness’ within anti‐racist discourse. It shows that anti‐racists have failed to understand ‘whiteness’ as a temporally and spatially contingent and fluid category. The article argues that this failure has led anti‐racists to view ‘white’ identity as a fixed entity, something beyond change or challenge....
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This paper presents a theory and case study of the formation of public professional radicalism. Theories of `new class' and `middle class' radicalism are criticise for neglecting the experiential context in which political consciousness is formed. A similar critique is made of Offe's analysis of the political contradictions of the welfare state. It...
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This is a paper about the transgression of the boundary between art and everyday space. It traces the development of a practical and theoretical critique of this divide from Dada and surrealism to situationism and postmodernism, whilst showing how these movements have themselves often perpetuated a specialized notion of cultural production. The ult...
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This paper examines the ideology and geography of radical anti-racism. Interviews carried out by the author with anti-racist teachers are used to explore differences between the development of the ideology in London and Tyneside. The paper begins by defining the nature of ideology. It is shown how liberal-educationalism became the dominant ideology...
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After an introduction to situationism and the theory of the spectacle, the movement's intellectual roots in postwar French Marxism are summarised. The situationist theory of social subversion and a contemporary example of the practice are then introduced. Situationism's critique of human geography and the development of similar perspectives within...
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Executive Summary and Recommendations This report draws together the outcomes of a programme of research that has extended over two years. The project, which was financed by the Teacher Training Agency (TTA), aimed to fill some important gaps in our understanding of issues surrounding the recruitment of people from ethnic minorities into the teachi...

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