Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire (Hardback)Akala (author)
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A searing modern polemic from the BAFTA- and MOBO-award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala
From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.
Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives will speak directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 482 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm
'Akala is at his best destroying the comfortable myths that are invoked by white fragility to downplay attempts to correct the historical record.' - The Observer
'In personalised chapters covering the police, education and identity, politics, sexual objectification and the far right, he confronts the issues of race and class at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire in this fierce and articulate polemic.' - The Bookseller
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