Racialisation, polyracism and global racism - Ian Law
Abstract: We have as yet a very limited, partial, uneven account of world racisms and there remains much to document, criticize and challenge in building systematic theory, evidence and multiple anti-racist futures. This presentation examines the value and significance of polyracism theory in addressing this challenge. Polyracism as a theoretical project was first published as a core idea in the developing geo-regional account of Communist, post-Communist, Mediterranean and Caribbean racisms emphasising multiple origins and interconnections across multiple modernities set out in a range of inter-linked publishing projects comprising the Mapping Global Racisms research programme (Huggan and Law 2009, Law 2010, 2012, Law and Swann 2011, Sian, Law and Sayyid 2013, Law et al 2014, Tate and Law 2015, Zakharov and Law 2017, 2018, Kovats and Law 2018).
Biography Ian Law
My primary research focus is global racism studies, building on the long tradition of critical race theory from W.E.B. Du Bois onwards. This involves the development of a new theory of the racialisation of the planet, polyracism, and associated geo-regional mapping of under-researched contexts.
I also lead the Counter-Islamophobia Kit: Countering Islamophobia through the Development of Best Practice in the Use of Counter-Narratives in EU Member Statesproject funded by the EU Directorate of Justice and co-lead the Principles and Practice in Approaches to Deracialisation, countering the dynamics of contemporary racialisation in Brazil, South Africa, Sweden and the UK project funded by the Swedish Research Council with Nikolay Zakharov (Södertörn University).
I graduated from the University of Liverpool in Sociology and Geography and went on to obtain my PhD, on White Racism and Back Settlement in Liverpool, in 1985, during which I published A History of Race and Racism in Liverpool, 1660-1950 (MCRC 1981, with Henfrey) and The Local Politics of Race (Macmillan 1984, with Ben-Tovim, Gabriel and Stredder). From 1986 to 1991 I worked for Leeds City Council on race equality and antiracism policy innovation, during which time I published Local Government and Thatcherism (Macmillan 1990, with Butcher et al). In 1991 I moved to Leeds University in Sociology and Social Policy and became a Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies in 2010, and an Emeritus Professor in 2019. I am Editor of the Mapping Global Racisms Series at Palgrave, and an Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela University, SA.
- Racism, Ethnicity and Social Policy (Harvester 1996)
- Race in the News (Palgrave 2002)
- Racism and Ethnicity, global debates (Pearson 2010)
- Red Racisms (Palgrave 2012)
- Mediterranean Racisms (Palgrave 2014)
- Caribbean Racisms (Palgrave 2015 with Tate)
- Post-Soviet Racisms (Palgrave 2017 with Zakharov)
- Rethinking Roma (Palgrave 2018 with Kovats)
- Challenging Islamophobia in Europe (Palgrave 2019 ed. with Easat-Daas, Merali and Sayyid).
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