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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Race in the Shadow of Law: Activism in Contemporary Europe

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ISBN13: 9781138649361
To be Published: December 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £80.00

Race, Law and Unruliness offers a critical legal analysis of European responses to institutional racism. It draws connections between contemporary legal knowledge practices and colonial systems of thought; arguing that many people of colour experience the law as a part of a racial problem, rather than a solution, to racial injustice.

Based on a critical legal ethnography of anti-racism work in Europe, the book positions Black and anti-racist perspectives at the centre, rather than the margins, of critically thinking through the intersection of race and law. Combining this ethnography with comparative legal analysis, discourse analysis, and critical race theory, the book develops a critical discussion of the European legal frameworks aimed at regulating racism, and particularly institutional racism, in policy and policing. In linking this critique to the transformative potential of social movements, however, it goes on to examine the strategic and creative possibility of disrupting conventional modes of engaging, and resisting, law.

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Law and Society
Introduction: Some Remarks on Ethnography, Race, Law and Unruliness

Part A. Between the Lines: Race, Law and the Legibility of the Margins
Chapter 1. Structural Racism and the Law
Chapter 2. Transgression: Law and the Choreography of Racialised Bodies

Part B. Colouring out of Bounds: Thinking Beyond Law
Chapter 3. Smoke and Mirrors: Performing in the Theatre of the Court
Chapter 4. The Politics of Remembrance: Narrating Institutional Violence and Legal Power
Chapter 5. Gender, Colonial History and Contemporary Social Movements

Part C. Unruly Work on Race and the Law
Chapter 6. Towards a European Anti-Racism Epilogue