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The conviviality of the overpoliced, detained and expelled: Refusing race and salvaging the human at the borders of Britain

Noronha, LD; (2021) The conviviality of the overpoliced, detained and expelled: Refusing race and salvaging the human at the borders of Britain. The Sociological Review 10.1177/00380261211048888. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Paul Gilroy’s theorisation of conviviality has proved exceptionally generative in (urban) sociology. But any announcement of a ‘convivial turn’ should be approached with caution. In much of the literature on ‘everyday multiculture’, racism is insufficiently theorised, structural relations of hierarchy and inequality fade from view, and culture loses its unruly potential. This article seeks to rethink and reclaim the radical potential of conviviality, by working with the narratives of people deported from the UK to Jamaica. The article first argues that the social and political implications of conviviality can be better registered when placed in relation to state violence and state racism. The article then analyses the accounts of deported people who show that conviviality is about much more than getting along across difference, but can represent a wider ethics of ‘refusing race and salvaging the human’. Indeed, when people subject to extraordinary forms of state racism – overpoliced, detained and then expelled – still reject all defensive investments in racial categories, proving themselves not only against racism but ‘against race’, they reassert the normative, ethical and prefigurative character of convivial cultures.

Type: Article
Title: The conviviality of the overpoliced, detained and expelled: Refusing race and salvaging the human at the borders of Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/00380261211048888
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/00380261211048888
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/)
Keywords: borders, conviviality, deportation, Paul Gilroy, humanism, policing, race
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > SHS Faculty Office
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > SHS Faculty Office > UCL Institute for Advanced Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10135351
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