Black resistance to British policing

Hosted by Department of Sociology and LSE Human Rights

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Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper

Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper

Dr Nivi Manchanda

Dr Nivi Manchanda

Dr SM Rodríguez

Dr SM Rodríguez

Dr Vanessa Eileen Thompson

Dr Vanessa Eileen Thompson


Dr Sara Salem

Dr Sara Salem

In his new book, Adam Elliott-Cooper analyses racism beyond prejudice and the interpersonal - arguing that black resistance confronts a global system of racial classification, exploitation and violence.

As police racism unsettles Britain's tolerant self-image, Black resistance to British policing details the activism that made movements like Black Lives Matter possible.

Imperial cultures and policies, as well as colonial war and policing highlight connections between these histories and contemporary racisms. But this is a book about resistance, considering black liberation movements in the 20th century while utilising a decade of activist research covering spontaneous rebellion, campaigns and protest in the 21st century. Drawing connections between histories of resistance and different kinds of black struggle against policing is vital, it is argued, if we are to challenge the cutting edge of police and prison power which harnesses new and dangerous forms of surveillance, violence and criminalisation.

Meet our speakers and chair

Adam Elliott-Cooper is a Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London.

Nivi Manchanda is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Queen Mary University of London.

SM Rodríguez is Assistant Professor of Gender, Rights and Human Rights at LSE.

Vanessa Eileen Thompson is Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University, Canada.

Sara Salem is Assistant Professor in Sociology at LSE.


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