Questioning received notions of multiculturalism, this book develops a wide ranging critique of essentialist definitions of race, nation and ethnicity across key areas of cultural policy and practice. Starting from the ‘new ethnicities‘ thesis of Stuart Hall - who writes a foreword to the book - the contributors explore changing ethnicities within the old frameworks of racism.
Throughout, the contributors are concerned with new ethnicities - both white and black - which have emerged out of various imnixtures of cultural influence. They explore the relations of these ethnicities to the old racisms that continue to be reproduced through dominant forms of governance throughout the Western world. Combining the theoretical with the empirical and academic analysis with oral testimony, the book is necessary reading for students and academics in social and cultural theory, geography and ethnic studies.