By A. Sivanandan
A. Sivanandan is a hugely influential philosopher on race, racism, globalisation and resistance. because 1972, he has been the director of the Institute of Race family and the editor of Race & type, which set the coverage schedule on ethnicity and race within the united kingdom and around the world. Sivanandan has been writing for over 40 years and this is often the definitive selection of his work.
The articles chosen span his complete profession and are selected for his or her relevance to modern so much urgent concerns. integrated is a whole bibliography of Sivanandan’s writings, and an advent via Colin Prescod (chair of the IRR), which units the writings in context.
This ebook is extremely proper to undergraduate politics scholars and someone examining or writing on race, ethnicity and immigration.
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That’s fine as a description of what’s going on, but where’s the analysis? ‘In the process our own identities, our sense of self, our own subjectivities are being transformed. ’ Of course ‘we are in transition to a new era’. Of course things are changing radically. And of course these changes are not just at the economic level. But the changes in society, culture, politics cannot just be juxtaposed with the economic; the economic cannot just be ‘read off’ from them any more than they could be read off from the economic.
They derive from the economic – still. Or take Stuart Hall’s listings in his ‘Brave New World’ article5 – one on the economy and the other on the ‘broader social and cultural changes’. The first itemises a shift to the new ‘information technologies’, more ﬂexible decentralized forms of labour process and work organization; decline of the old manufacturing base and the growth of the ‘sunrise’ computer-based industries; the hiving-off or contracting out of functions and services; a greater emphasis on choice and product differentiation, on marketing, packaging and design, on the ‘targeting’ of consumers by lifestyle, taste and culture rather than by the Registrar General’s categories of social class; a decline in the proportion of the skilled, male, manual working class, the rise of the service and white-collar classes and the ‘feminization’ of the workforce; an economy dominated by the multinationals, with their new international division of labour and their greater autonomy from nationstate control; the ‘globalization’ of the new ﬁnancial markets, linked by the communications revolution; and new forms of the spatial organization of social processes.
It is not merely in the field of art, however, that western society shows itself fragmented, inorganic and expert-oriented. But the fact that it does so in the noblest of man’s activities is an indication of the alienation that such a society engenders in all areas of life. In contrast to the traditions of Afro-Asian countries, European civilisation appears to be destructive of human love and cynical of human life. And nowhere do these traits manifest themselves more clearly than in the attitude towards children and the treatment of the old.