This event marks 40 years since the death of Altab Ali, a textile worker, whose murder in May 1978 was the catalyst for major anti-racist mobilisations amongst the Bangladeshi community and others in the East End of London.
The response to Ali's death was a significant chapter in the struggle against racism in London and Britain as a whole.
Reflecting on his research on Bangladeshi youth, Anoop Nayak will reflect on this anniversary by discussing his latest research on young people and everyday forms of belonging in ‘post-Brexit’ Britain. It is argued that recent ideas celebrating everyday multiculturalism and (super)diversity need to be recalibrated in light of the marked divisions and unspoken feelings that have come to underpin Brexit. Anoop's study is based in Sunderland, North East England, and seeks to engage with the social forms of stratification that exist in so-called ‘left behind’ places and the feelings of attachment and alienation found in post-industrial localities. Drawing upon mobile methods and urban ethnography with young people, Anoop will explore the relationship between race, place and social class and how these are composed through feelings, events and happenings. Critical to this is the diversity of youth experiences and the ways in which white lines of territoriality are composed and reconfigured in the local landscape.
This event is the Keynote Lecture of a full-day symposium on Race, Violence and the City, hosted by the Department of Sociology at LSE and the Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Sussex.
Anoop Nayak is a Professor of Social and Cultural Geography in The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.
David Madden (@davidjmadden) is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at LSE.
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