The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain by Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

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Options for state responses to the ‘alienation of black youth’ supposedly revealed by ‘the riots’ are already taking shape. It would clearly be false to argue that the state will respond simply through either greater repression or ameliorative measures of social control. 108 Piecemeal responses should not be seen as the guiding principle of all the state’s actions in this field. g. the current attempts to reform policing and the development of ‘new’ policies for the inner-city areas. The transformations in the role of the state are structural, and should not be confused with the ad hoc policy alternatives which appear in the political arena.

162–70. John, In the Service of Black Youth, National Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC 1981). House of Commons Debates (Hansard), 16 July 1981, Column 1414. The exact phrase which Powell used in the Debate on Civil Disturbances was: ‘Inner London becoming ungovernable or violence which could only effectually be described as civil war’. He saw this as the inevitable result of the growth of the black population in the inner-city areas. House of Commons Debates (Hansard), 16 July 1981, Column 1416.

4 (1978), pp. Sivanandan, ‘Imperialism and disorganic development in the silicon age’, Race and Class, vol. 21, no. 2 (1979), pp. 111–26. Hall, ‘Race, articulation and societies structured in dominance’, passim. Wallerstein, The Capitalist World Economy (Cambridge University Press 1979), particularly Part 2. Sivanandan, ‘Imperialism and disorganic development in the silicon age’. Nikolinakos, ‘The new dimensions in the employment of foreign workers’ (Berlin 1975). Wallerstein, ‘The state in the institutional vortex of the capitalist world economy’, unpublished paper 1980, pp.

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