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Racism Postcolonialism Europe$
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Graham Huggan and Ian Law

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312199

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315626

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Afterword: Europe's Racial Crisis?

Afterword: Europe's Racial Crisis?

(p.197) Chapter 13 Afterword: Europe's Racial Crisis?
Racism Postcolonialism Europe

Ian Law

Liverpool University Press

This book has explored the ideological, cultural, and psychological underpinnings of racism in Europe, along with narratives of opposition, celebration, and humanity that may point to alternative European futures. Global approaches to tackling racism and ethnic violence are being developed, led by the United Nations and the Third World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in 2001. Despite these efforts, the globalisation of racism has yet to be fully addressed in both theory and politics. A ‘global racial crisis’ might arise as deepening ‘structural’ racism and planetary racial stratification is predicted to clash with better theory and improved understanding of racial identity and related ‘human waste’. This contradiction can be seen in the creation of the European Monitoring Centre for Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna in 1997–1998 coupled with an initiative to monitor patterns and trends in racism and xenophobia across the European Union. However, these initiatives have come at a time when structural racism across the region continues to worsen.

Keywords:   Europe, racial crisis, racism, ethnic violence, United Nations, racial stratification, xenophobia

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