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The cultural politics of racism in the Brexit conjuncture

Mintchev, N; (2021) The cultural politics of racism in the Brexit conjuncture. International Journal of Cultural Studies , 24 (1) pp. 123-140. 10.1177/1367877920935135. Green open access

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Abstract

Critiques of racism figure prominently in debates about Brexit’s causes and consequences. But while racism is often theorized in its social and political dimensions, it has received little attention as a concept that has become entangled in a cycle of contestations, denials and affirmations. By looking at racism’s conceptual dimension, with its multiple contested meanings, this article examines the impact that racism-related critiques and counter-critiques of Brexit have had on people’s political subject-positions. Drawing on case studies of both Leavers and Remainers, it is argued that the common binary view of Brexit as either racist or legitimate fails to resonate with the multiple and complex experiences of people on the ground. The article concludes with a call for a renewed conversation about Brexit on the basis of context-specific experiences and pathways to better futures for communities across the country.

Type: Article
Title: The cultural politics of racism in the Brexit conjuncture
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1367877920935135
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877920935135
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages
Keywords: Brexit, identity politics, performativity, racism, UK politics
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117167
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