Losing the Race: Thinking Psychosocially about Racially Motivated Offending, an ‘authors meet critic’ session
In this authors meet critic session, Paul Dixon and David Gadd will present the main themes of Losing the Race in discussion with Paul Bagguley.
The book explores why many of those involved in racially motivated crime seem to be struggling to cope with economic, cultural and emotional losses in their own lives. Drawing on a two-year ESRC-funded study, the book explores why it is that some people, and not others, feel inclined to attack immigrants and minority ethnic groups.
The relationships between ordinary racism, racial harassment and the politics of the British National Party are also explored, as are the enduring impacts of deindustrialisation, economic failure and immigration on white working class communities.
The book assesses the legacy of New Labour policy on community cohesion, hate crime and respect in terms of its impact on racist attitudes and racist incidents, and explores how it is that racist attacks, including racist murders, continue to happen.
The book concludes by using psychoanalytically informed psychosocial concepts to explore examples of how and why race-thinking can be put aside and what it is that needs to happen to get perpetrators to loosen or shed their emotional investments in hatred and violence.
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