|An inspirational group of black trade union activists at Alvescot this weekend|
|Kambi and Romanus: Poetry in a Motion|
|Michael, Prince, Roseberry, Kuldip and Bimba hard at work|
|Adam talks about his experience of the BA ILTUS at Ruskin|
Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider offers an original perspective on the significance of both racism and anti-racism in the making of the English working class. While racism became a powerful structuring force within this social class from as early as the mid-Victorian period, this book also traces the episodic emergence of currents of working class anti-racism. Through an insistence that race is central to the way class works, this insightful text demonstrates not only that the English working class was a multi-ethnic formation from the moment of its inception but that racialized outsiders - Irish Catholics, Jews, Asians and the African diaspora - often played a catalytic role in the collective action that helped fashion a more inclusive and democratic society.
Ultimately, the bulk of research dedicated to race and organised labour, leaves us with a clear sense that the work of the CWU black activists this weekend is not just necessary, but part of a long, shared concern that the UK labour movement is missing out on a vital component in the critically important debate on trade union revitalisation - this is Virdee's central point in his recent book.