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Thinking Black: Britain, 1964-1985

Rob Waters


It was a common charge among black radicals in Britain in the 1960s that Britons needed to start “thinking black.” As state and society consolidated around a revived politics of whiteness, thinking black, they felt, was necessary for all who sought to build a liberated future out of Britain’s imperial past. Thinking Black reveals black radical Britain’s wide cultural-political formation, tracing it across new institutions of black civil society and connecting it to decolonization and black liberation across the Atlantic world. A new history of black activism that retells the formation of New L ... More

Keywords: activism, black Atlantic, black liberation, blackness, Black Power, black radicalism, black studies, decolonization, education, ethnicity, gender, New Left, police, postcolonialism, radicalism, thinking black, whiteness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293847
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Waters, author
University of Birmingham