The 1949 Causeway Green ‘riots’ reassessed
January 15, 2013 — Press release
Written by Institute of Race Relations
Kevin Searle’s ‘“Mixing of the unmixables”: the 1949 Causeway Green “riots” in Birmingham’ examines a hitherto unknown landmark in British race relations which throws into question standard accounts of postwar immigration.
Most popular accounts begin with the arrival of Jamaican immigrants on the Empire Windrush, and place the 1958 disturbances in Notting Hill and Nottingham as the first postwar ‘race riots’. Searle’s account reveals an earlier history of conflict between West Indian workers and their European and Irish contemporaries in labour hostels for migrant workers. Further, the ‘racial’ housing policies of the hostels may well account for later long-term black settlement patterns in the UK.
The article, appears in the January 2013 issue of Race & Class which, also includes A. Sivanandan’s ‘The market state vs the good society‘, which analyses the rise of neoliberalism in the UK, arguing that the market state no longer serves the nation, but transnational capital. Government rhetoric about the small state, ‘big society’ and localism are cons that smooth the way to privatisation, the undermining of democracy, and the imposition of market morality. And Michael Grewcock examines developments in Australian border policing policy since the election of a Labour government in 2007.
- The market state vs the good society by A. Sivanandan
- Australia’s ongoing border wars by Michael Grewcock
- Shadow lives by Victoria Brittain
- ‘Mixing of the unmixables’: the 1949 Causeway Green ‘riots’ in Birmingham by Kevin Searle
- Total policing: reflections from the frontline by Liz Fekete
- Police accountability, the Irish peace process and the continuing challenge of secrecy by Daniel Holder
- Palestinian actualities by Bashir Abu-Manneh
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