The emergence of black British social conservatism

Paul Warmington

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    Historically, to be a black public intellectual in Britain has, almost by definition, meant being located on the liberal-left spectrum, in terms of analyses of race and class. However, in the past decade a number of high profile black British thinkers have explicitly positioned themselves at odds with black liberal and radical traditions of thought. This has been particularly apparent in their critiques of multiculturalism, youth and education. This paper uses recent documentary sources to analyse the discursive features of this emergent black social conservatism, examining its claims to authenticity, its claims to offer rethinking of multiculturalism and identity, and its objects of racialization. Drawing upon critical discourse analysis and critical theories of race and black intellectual production, it identifies internal tensions in the emergent discourse.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1152-68
    Number of pages17
    JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
    Issue number7
    Early online date1 Dec 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


    • race, multiculturalism, intellectuals, conservatism, black, education


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