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    Marxism, racism and the construction of ‘race’ as a social and political relation: an interview with Professor Robert Miles

    Ashe, Stephen and McGeever, Brendan (2011) Marxism, racism and the construction of ‘race’ as a social and political relation: an interview with Professor Robert Miles. Ethnic and Racial Studies 34 (12), pp. 2009-2026. ISSN 0141-9870.

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    Abstract

    Robert Miles has made a significant contribution to the field of racism and ethnic studies. In his early work, Miles drew upon structuralist Marxist theorizations of capitalism to offer a historically informed analysis of racism and migrant labour (Miles 1982). This perspective placed political economy at the centre of the study of racism. In addition, Miles' critical discussions with other influential contemporaries such as Paul Gilroy and Stuart Hall (Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) 1982) raised crucial issues concerning the construction of ‘race’ as a social and political relation in Britain (Back and Solomos 2000). However, Miles became most renowned for his critique of the ‘race relations’ paradigm and his insistence that sociologists employ the concept of ‘racialization’ rather than ‘race’ (Miles 1982, 1989, 1993). Overall, Miles' work was rich both in its theoretical clarity and historical depth, and his contributions warrant critical analysis today. The following interview was conducted in December 2009.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Racism, racialization, Marxism, migration, anti-racism, capitalism
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Brendan Mcgeever
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2021 14:26
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 05:55
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46419

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