John Solomos

John Solomos
The University of Warwick · Department of Sociology

Doctor of Philosophy

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In this chapter we turn to the development of new policy and political debates during the period of New Labour administrations from 1997 to 2010 and the Conservative-led administrations from 2010 onwards. This period has seen important transformations in the debates about immigration and the reception of asylum seekers and refugees, and indeed we h...
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The question of policing and criminal justice has been at the heart of public policy debates on race relations from the 1960s onwards. In this chapter, we focus on the history and development of public debates on race and policing in British society. The chapter begins by exploring the various stages in the history of relations between the police a...
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This chapter rounds off this book by focusing on the question of the present and likely futures of race and racism in British society. An important point that we have emphasised throughout the previous chapters is that questions about race and racism remain very much a live issue in British society, and as a result, it is not possible to be complet...
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This chapter moves on to discuss the emergence and development of efforts to outline a conceptual theoretical frame for the analysis of race and racism in contemporary societies. We argue that as compared to the intellectual environment that was prevalent in this field of scholarship in the 1980s and 1990s, we have seen a noticeable flowering of ne...
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This chapter approaches the question of the political management of race by analysing the institutionalisation of the dual interventionist strategy adopted by both major political parties in the mid-1960s, namely the attempt to achieve a balance between controls on immigration and measures aimed at improving race relations. It details the various l...
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This chapter is focused on the nature and impact of black and ethnic minority political mobilisation, and the responses to it, in the period from the end of the twentieth century and into the present. It begins by looking at the evolving forms of black and ethnic minority mobilisation, the interplay between race and class, the activities of antirac...
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This chapter focuses on the role of forms of urban unrest, protest, and disorder in shaping contemporary debates about race and racism in British society. This is an issue that has a longer history, but it has come to the fore in the period from the 1980s onwards. Over the next few decades, we have seen regular outbreaks of violent forms of urban u...
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In this chapter the focus is on the complex histories of racialisation and migration in British society. We argue that although there is by now a wealth of historical research that recovers key facets of the histories of racialisation and migration much of the sociological scholarship in this field does not fully engage with the accounts produced b...
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The focus of this chapter is on the evolving debates about multiculturalism, diversity, and national identity in British society and how they have shaped both political and policy discourses. In a sense these debates have been part of the ongoing conversations in British society since the second half of the twentieth century, particularly as it gra...
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This chapter concentrates on the ideological and political responses to the arrival and settlement of black migrants, largely from the colonies of the British Empire, from the 1940s and 1950s onwards. We begin by discussing the emergence of public debates about race and immigration in the period from the Second World War onwards. We then move on to...
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This chapter explores the development of ideologies about race, nation, and identity and their impact on the broader political transformations around race and immigration that are the focus of this book. From this starting point, we move on to highlight the role that forms of nationalist and racist ideologies play in the formation of the politics o...
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The Unfinished Politics of Race argues that the past few decades have seen important transformations in the politics of race. Contending that existing accounts have focused narrowly on the mainstream political sphere, this study argues that there is a need to explore the role of race more widely. By exploring the mainstream as well as transitional...
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This chapter explores the transition from the politics of identity to what we define as ’the unfinished politics of race’. It moves on from the substantive accounts of specific types of mobilisations to the broader transformations that characterise the current conjuncture, in which we see a continually shifting relationship between counter publics...
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In this chapter, we consider the ways in which these normative framings structure both policy interventions but also ways of thinking about the multicultural nature of contemporary Britain. The work of the Blair Government’s Commission on Integration and Cohesion is considered where one of the authors served as a commissioner between 2006 and 2008....
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The Unfinished Politics of Race argues that the past few decades have seen important transformations in the politics of race. Contending that existing accounts have focused narrowly on the mainstream political sphere, this study argues that there is a need to explore the role of race more widely. By exploring the mainstream as well as transitional...
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The Unfinished Politics of Race argues that the past few decades have seen important transformations in the politics of race. Contending that existing accounts have focused narrowly on the mainstream political sphere, this study argues that there is a need to explore the role of race more widely. By exploring the mainstream as well as transitional...
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The Unfinished Politics of Race argues that the past few decades have seen important transformations in the politics of race. Contending that existing accounts have focused narrowly on the mainstream political sphere, this study argues that there is a need to explore the role of race more widely. By exploring the mainstream as well as transitional...
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In this chapter, we move on to describe and analyse the changing contours of race and the political in the second half of the twentieth century. We argue that rather than seeing the politics of race through the lens of the mainstream political sphere, we need to pay close attention to other spheres of politics, particularly in the alternative and t...
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This chapter explores the growing significance of religious affiliation in shaping the identity politics of racialised minorities. Specifically, the chapter addresses the growing significance of Islam in shaping both the public reaction to religious diversity and how the identity politics of Islamic faith reshaped a very different alternative publi...
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The Unfinished Politics of Race argues that the past few decades have seen important transformations in the politics of race. Contending that existing accounts have focused narrowly on the mainstream political sphere, this study argues that there is a need to explore the role of race more widely. By exploring the mainstream as well as transitional...
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This chapter analyses how the geographical scale of the local and the institutional forms of local government have become increasingly significant in understanding the politics of race and ethnicity in contemporary Britain. We suggest that the areas of settlement of migrant communities and minorities are key to understanding the evolution of the in...
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This chapter outlines the historical background to the present by analysing the transition from empire to multicultural democracy that took place in the second half of the twentieth century. It situates the post-1945 history of race and immigration within a broader frame that includes both the role of race in the wider context and deeper history of...
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This chapter considers the growth of what we characterise as a transitional public sphere that bridged the private domains of individual struggles against racial attacks, racist practice, and far-right politics with the public domain of mainstream politics. Struggles against racism have often shared an ongoing ambivalence about the imperative to ra...
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This chapter addresses the role of culture in the making of political mobilisations around race and migration. Taking its cue from debates about convivial culture, it focuses in particular on how music has provided a medium of connections that network across community campaigns, popular culture, and specific moments in the cultural history of the U...
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This chapter concludes the book by shifting the analysis to three sets of interlinked conversations that seem to frame the current debates about race and migration. We begin by analysing the impact of the ongoing conversation about the position of the United Kingdom within the European Union that led to the decision in the 2016 Referendum to suppor...
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This chapter focuses on struggles to dwell in the city that characterised a strand of both racist practice and responses to it. From attempts to purchase collectively housing to the rarely told stories of organised squatting and the emergence of the black housing movement, the forces of racist exclusion produced a Newtonian response; collective end...
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Social scientists working on race and ethnicity are facing up to the challenge of how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting on their research agendas. In this introduction, we discuss the emerging evidence about the impact of Covid-19 in terms of race and ethnicity, on migrants and refugees, and on research agendas. By focusing on the discussion that...
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This chapter focuses on the contributions of the new bodies of scholarship and research with the aim of providing a critical overview of the changing nature of global ethnic and racial relations. It provides an overview of emerging trends and perspectives in the now increasingly globalized field of race and ethnic relations, and looks forward to th...
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This chapter explores the transnational movements of so called ‘irregular migrants’. We investigate why and how transnational collective action is taken by people in situations of vulnerability and ask how those with limited resources manage to mobilize at the transnational level. In order to frame that core arguments, we analyse one particular eve...
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A year after the death of Michael Banton, Solomos focuses on his contributions to the study of race and ethnic relations. Over a period that began in the 1950s and continued until his death on 22 May 2018, Banton continued to make important contributions to a number of scholarly areas, including the study of race relations in urban communities, the...
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John Rex (1925–2011), was a key figure in the history of British sociology in general and central to the emergence and development of the study of race and ethnic relations as a specific subfield. Rex grew up in South Africa and developed a strong interest in questions about race as a result of his experiences of racial segregation and domination i...
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In this paper, Solomos provides an account of the impact of Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech on policy agendas about race relations and immigration. He argues that Powell’s intervention helped to shape policy frames around race and immigration in its immediate aftermath and beyond. By exploring the impact of the speech on the policy climate, his p...
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The field of ethnic and racial studies has been transformed in important ways over the past four decades. This Special Issue brings together nine original research papers presented in draft form at a conference to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies. In this introductory paper, we discuss key facets of contempora...
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This paper provides an overview of this Special Issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ethnic and Racial Studies. We discuss some of the themes that are covered in this issue in the context of the wider history of the journal. We argue that the journal has worked over the years both to publish the highest quality original research and to feature...
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In this Rejoinder we seek to address the key issues raised by the four commentaries on our edited book. We focus on the question of the shifting boundaries of the field of race and ethnic studies, the absences and gaps in what is covered, the limits of the post-racial, and the whitening of sociology. In conclusion, we suggest some alternative ways...
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Debates about human rights have often questioned their potential for generating rights at national levels. In this paper we use the case of irregular migrants’ access to healthcare in the United Kingdom (UK) and France to explore the extent to which international human rights influence national healthcare provisions for irregular migrants. We explo...
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When we started a conversation about putting together an edited collection on Theories of Race and Ethnicity, we had in mind the need for a more up-to-date overview of the field of race and ethnic studies than the one provided in John Rex and David Mason’s (1986) Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations. That volume had come out in the mid 1980s, afte...
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This book opens with a discussion of race and racism in a new genomic era and concludes with a debate about method in the study of ethnicity and race. In between these two poles, the chapters in this volume have examined ethnicity, race, post-race and racism across a range of national contexts, chiefly the USA but also France and the United Kingdom...
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How have research agendas on race and ethnic relations changed over the past two decades and what new developments have emerged? Theories of Race and Ethnicity provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge collection of theoretically grounded and empirically informed essays. It covers a range of key issues in race and ethnicity studies, such as genetic...
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This rejoinder is a response by one of the authors of The Empire Strikes Back to the commentaries provided by Alexander, Meer, Bhattacharyya, Bojadzijev, Keith and Virdee. It responds to their key critiques as well as situating the impact of the book within the academy and the wider society. Drawing on key themes in the commentaries, it seeks to ex...
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In 1969 the British Sociological Association (BSA) organised its Annual Conference on the theme of race relations. In choosing this topic the BSA was both recognising the emergence of what then a relatively new area of research and providing a space for academic debate on what had by then become a controversial issue in both civil society and polit...
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In this contribution we provide a response to Ash Amin's account of the changing role of both growing multiculture and phenotypical racism in contemporary societies. We argue that it is important to bring the wider historical context of the present into any rounded analysis of the contemporary political debates about multiculture and race. Amin's a...
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The riots of August 2011 have led to renewed discussion about the conditions that help to shape outbreaks of urban unrest. The role of race and ethnicity in the riots is one of the factors that has been discussed, although it has received relatively little attention when compared to earlier riots in 1981 and 1985. This paper argues that it is impor...
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The increasingly problematic nature of the employment prospects of young workers, which has become clear over the last five years, has led to a massive expansion of interest in this issue from within policy-making and academic circles. Few areas of social and political research have witnessed such a swift development over the last few years than th...
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Irregular migration is an important issue in contemporary societies. This article explores the changing position of irregular migrants from two angles. First, we analyse the impact of irregular migration on conceptions of rights and citizenship. This is of particular interest at a time when even the rights of 'regular' migrants are subject to much...
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One of the most interesting aspects of recent debates in Britain about issues of race and ethnicity is that increasing attention is being given to the political dimension. Within both academic and social discourses there is growing awareness that we need to examine the role of politics in shaping public debate about key aspects of contemporary raci...
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In this paper, we set the scene for this special issue by outlining the main concerns that underlie the study of migrant politics and related forms of social and political mobilization. We begin by examining the changing ways in which migrant and minority politics and mobilization have been articulated in recent decades, exploring key facets of the...
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What is the state of Race and Ethnic Studies today? How has the field emerged? What are the core concepts, debates and issues?The SAGE Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies is a vital resource for researchers and students with a panoramic, critical survey of the field. A rigorous, focused examination of the central questions in the field today, the t...
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In this paper we consider the forms of democratic participation that revolve around issues of religious faith and Islam. The context of such work is one in which a concern with the levels of participation in the political institutions of Western Europe and North America feature prominently in both journalistic and academic debate. The paper speaks...
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1. Introduction: Gender, Race and Religion: Intersections and Challenges Martin Bulmer and John Solomos 2. Islam, Gender, and Immigrant Integration: Boundary Drawing in Discourses of Honour Killing in the Netherlands and Germany Anna Korteweg and Gokce Yurdakul 3. You're Brazilian, Right: What Kind of Brazilian are You? The Racialization of Brazili...
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1. Migration: Policies, Practices, Activism Martin Bulmer, University of Surrey, UK, and John Solomos, City University London, UK 2. Migration and development: reconciling opposite views Alejandro Portes, Princeton University, USA 3. Asylum policy and asylum experiences: interactions in a Scottish context Alison Bowes, University of Stirling, UK, I...
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Contemporary Western society is changing and, controversially, migration is often flagged up as one of the reasons why. The nature of population change challenges the conventional understandings of family forms and networks whilst multiculturalism poses challenges to our understanding of social change, families and social capital. This innovative b...

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