Challenging Racist Violence and Racist Hostility in 'Post-Racial' Times: Research and Action in Leeds, UK, 2006–2012

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Challenging Racist Violence and Racist Hostility in 'Post-Racial' Times: Research and Action in Leeds, UK, 2006–2012


  • Ian Law School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
  • Jenny Simms Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
  • Ala Sirriyeh School of Social and International Studies, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP, UK


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Abstract:  Despite increasing understanding of, information about and official commitment to challenge these patterns, racist hostility and violence continue to have an enduring presence in urban and rural life in the UK. This indicates the paradoxical nature of this racial crisis and challenges for antiracism as a political project. This paper charts how these issues play out at the local level through an examination of a five year process from problem identification through to research, response, action and aftermath from 2006 to 2012 in the city of Leeds, UK, with a focus on two predominantly white working class social housing estates in the city. We explore how embedded tensions and antagonisms can begin to be challenged, while examining how the contemporary climate of austerity and cuts in services, together with prevailing post-racial thinking, make the likelihood of such concerted action in the UK increasingly remote.

Keywords:  antiracism; housing; racist harassment

Published:   22 April 2013


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v1i1.103


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