Books

Buy ‘Race, Gender and the Body in British Immigration Control’ from Palgrave and save £30

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This is just a quick plug to let you all know that Palgrave Macmillan are having a “£30 off” sale until December 31, 2016 and while they do publish a ton of great books, you should really use it to buy our book, Race, Gender and the Body in British Immigration Control. You can buy it from the Palgrave website here. Remember to use the code PHLDY16EP.

If you don’t know what the book is about, here’s the blurb:

This book analyses the practice of virginity testing endured by South Asian women who wished to enter Britain between the late 1960s and the early 1980s, and places this practice into a wider historical context. Using recently opened government documents the extent to which these women were interrogated and scrutinized at the border is uncovered.

And here’s some nice words that people have said about it:

“An important and revelatory study of a shameful episode in 20th century British immigration history that was shaped by Imperial racism.” – Alan Travis, Home Affairs Editor, The Guardian

“It is impossible to over-estimate the importance of Smith and Marmo’s study. Their chilling documentation of abuses permitted and vigorously denied by the Home Office represents feminist scholarship at its best.” – Philippa Levine, Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professor in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, US

“This historical study examines the intertwining of ‘race’, gender and the body in the application of immigration controls in Britain since the 1970s. Drawing on research in British Government archives, ‘Race, Gender and the Body in British Immigration Control’ begins with the shocking case of virginity testing of a 35 year old woman, who arrived at Heathrow Airport, London in 1979 to marry her fiancé. Smith and Marmo unpick these obscene practices as symptomatic of the de-humanising treatment of migrants from the former colonies and the dense racialized, sexual politics of British border controls. Crucially, Smith and Marmo also explore the incredible resistance of South Asian women and anti-deportation activists against the discriminatory practices of the British state. This important new history of immigration control speaks directly to the contemporary situation of border securitisation in Britain and beyond. It will be of interest to, and will be widely read by all interested in migration, citizenship, human rights, post-colonial migration, and histories of resistance to unjust border controls.” – Dr Imogen Tyler, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

Paperback edition of ‘Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956’ is out now

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This is a quick announcement that the paperback version of Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956 (edited by myself and Matthew Worley) is now available. If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you really should do so. If you are in the UK, I would recommend buying via here (or asking Bookmarks, Housmans or News From Nowhere for it). Or if you are in Australia, please buy from here. And wherever you are in the world, do support your local independent book stores and ask whether they can order it in for you.

I am pleased to announce that the second volume, Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far left from 1956 vol. II, will be published by Manchester University Press, probably late in 2017.

 

From Powell to Brexit: My interview with the Weekly Worker on ‘race’, anti-racism and the British left

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This week, the CPGB’s Weekly Worker (see here for more info on its background) conducted an interview with me about my forthcoming book, British Communism and the Politics of Race, as well as on my research in general and the anti-racist movement in Britain since the 1960s. You can read the full interview here. It was an interesting experience and some challenging questions!

Pre-order PB version of ‘Against the Grain’ now and get 50% off

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This is just a quick post to let people know that you can pre-order the paperback version of our edited collection on the British far left, Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956, directly from Manchester University Press (to be published in December).

Furthermore, if you pre-order now, you can take advantage of Manchester University Press’ summer sale and get the book for 50% off (that is £9 plus postage!). When ordering the book, use the promo code ‘SUMMER16’.

Unfortunately this offer is for UK and Europe only.

EDIT: Australian people interested in pre-ordering the book can do so via Book Depository. At the moment, you can order the book for $28 with free shipping. Order here.

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Books for sale/swap

Clearing out the clutter, here are some books that are for sale (or swap). Postage is from Australia. More might be added to the list soon. Apologies for lack of alphabetical order.

Seamus Milne – The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners (Verso, 2014)
Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau & Slavoj Zizek – Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left (Verso, 2000)
Andrew Byrnes, Hilary Charlesworth & Gabrille McKinnon – Bills of Rights in Australia; History, Politics and Law (UNSW Press, 2009)
Mark Monmonier – No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control (University of Chiacgo Press, 2010)
Mary Kaldor – Human Security (Polity, 2011)
Peter Davies & Derek Lynch – The Routledge Companion to Fascism and the Far Right (Routledge, 2002)
Ben Macintyre – Agent Zigzag: The Most Notorious Double Agent of World War II (Bloomsbury, 2010)
Bob Jessop – Nicos Poulantzas: Marxist Theory and Political Strategy (Macmillan, 1985)
Sheila Rowbotham – Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century (Verso, 2011)
Ann Laura Stoler (ed) – Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (Duke University Press, 2013)
Iain McCalman & Ann McGrath – Proof and Truth: The Humanist as Expert (Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2003)
Slavoj Zizek – Violence (Profile, 2008)
Noel O Sullivan – Fascism (J.M. Dent, 1983)
Geoffrey Robinson – The Tyrannicide Brief (Vintage, 2006)

No set prices, make me an offer. Send me an email (evan.smith@flinders.edu.au or hatfulofhistory@gmail.com) if interested.

New edited book on 2011 UK riots: ‘Reading the Riot Act’

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In 2013, the Journal for Cultural Research published a special issue dedicated to the UK riots of 2011, edited by Rupa Huq. This featured an article by myself on looking at the 2011 riots through the lens of 1981. Routledge has now published this special issue as an edited collection, available here in hardback. Alongside my article/chapter, the collection also features contributions by John Hutnyk, Gargi Bhattacharyya and Caroline Rooney (amongst others). Order it now for your university or institutional library!

Review of ‘Against the Grain’ in International Socialism Journal

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This is a quick post to let readers of this blog know that the latest issue of International Socialism Journal, the theoretical journal of the Socialist Workers Party, has published a review of our book, Against the Grain: The British Far Left from 1956. You can read the full review (for free) here.

The review isn’t too bad, but concentrates on the contributions by current and former IS/SWP members. It concludes with:

Against the Grain uncovers a history of activists, actions and arguments of the post-1956 period that might otherwise not have been shared. However, it is important that the book is read with a grain of salt. For revolutionaries, the struggle of the working class and the oppressed is always the starting point. The history of the left is only useful when seen in the context of the broader class struggle; as a way of understanding how revolutionaries and other left groups have intervened in an attempt to shape and (hopefully) push the struggle forward. Unfortunately, Against the Grain does not always manage to do this successfully, as it has a tendency to look inward. Still, the anecdotes and analysis it provides give insights which, if read carefully, can help to inform revolutionaries today.