As racism in the UK disappeared in the 21st century or merely taken new forms?
This essay is for the subject of Contemporary Social Issues (1st year of MA Applied Anthropology and Youth & Community Work).
Contemporary Social Issues provides critical perspectives from anthropology and social theory on the contemporary social issues that youth work is concerned with. Every week we examined a a?keyworda in social analysis: class, race, culture, community, and power. We explored how these categories have been conceptualised within anthropology and other disciplines, and how they shape the lives of young people today. We also related these insights to some policy approaches that have informed youth work in recent decades, such as multiculturalism, the fostering of social capital, and participation. Overall, the course aims to enable students to gain knowledge of the larger politico-economic and social context of youth work; to understand relevant theoretical perspectives; and to engage critically with key concepts that inform youth work.
In week 5 of the course, we examined the concepts of a?racea and ethnicity. We traced how the term a?racea has evolved, from its dubious origins in 19th century anthropology, over its role in the colonial context, to its deconstruction in recent decades. In a similar fashion we explored changing anthropological understandings of ethnicity. We then discussed the politics of race and ethnicity in contemporary Britain.
My answer to the question Has racism in the UK disappeared in the 21st century or merely taken new forms?would be that racism has not disappeared and that it has taken new forms. Nowadays Racism is not overt but it certainly persists.
The essay needs to feature a brief overview of the meaning/ history of the social construct Race. Reflection upon the terms Ethnicity and multiculturalism also need to be mentioned, which make the link to Contemporary racism”. Globalisation and Capitalism are connected with the idea on the new racism as people migrate for labor often resulting in racist discourses.
I would also like the essay to touch on institutionalised racism (ie: Police forces are up to 28 times more likely to use stop-and-search powers against black people than white people and may be breaking the law) (research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC))
This fact can be used to make the link between Racism and Youth Work, the fact that young black men are, for example, more likely to be stopped by the police surely has an impact on these group of people and in society in general. Another example: London riots.
In a smaller scale, the manifestation of white racist talk in multi-racial
adolescent peer interactions (ie name calling) and the need for youth work to develop anti-racist strategies.
Overall, the essay needs to focus on concepts of racial
categorisation and racialisation : Those instances where social relations between people have been
structured by the signification of human biological characteristics in such a way as to define and construct differentiated social collectivities”.
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