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Race and riots in Thatcher's Britain

Race and riots in Thatcher's Britain

Peplow, Simon, author

Through exploration of black British community activism in three geographical case studies, this book argues that the 1980-1 anti-police disturbances should be viewed as 'collective bargaining by riot'. Utilising many original sources, it charts dichotomous attitudes towards public inquiries and discussions of increased political participation. This powerful and original book locates the anti-police violence that spread across England in 1980-1 within a longer struggle against racism and disadvantage faced by black Britons, which had seen a growth in more militant forms of resistance since the Second World War. It explains these disturbances as 'collective bargaining by riot' - attempts to increase political inclusion by this marginalised group. Through case studies of Bristol, Brixton and Manchester, the book explores the actions of community organisations in the aftermath of disorders. Highlighting the political activities of black Britons and the often-problematic reliance upon 'official' sources when forming historical narratives, it demonstrates the contested value awarded to public inquiries - contrastingly viewed by black Britons as either a method for increased political participation or simply a governmental diversionary tactic

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Published Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019

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Statement of responsibility: Simon Peplow
ISBN: 1526125293, 9781526125286, 9781526125293
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Physical Description: 1 online resource (272 pages).
Series: Racism, resistance and social change
Subject: Political violence Great Britain History 20th century.; Political activism; Sociology & anthropology; Society & culture: general; Social & cultural history; Racism Great Britain History 20th century.; Politics and Government.; Great Britain Politics and government 1979-1997.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Racism, resistance and social change.