Institute of Race Relations

Mainstreaming hate: how the Right exploits the crisis to divide us

  This briefing paper asks if it makes sense any more to isolate the far Right from a reconfigured, identitarian and traditionalist hard Right. It attempts to do so by providing a detailed but easily accessible account of how far-right ideas have already passed into the mainstream and what we…

‘County lines’: racism, safeguarding and statecraft in Britain

  ‘County lines’: racism, safeguarding and statecraft in Britain by Insa Koch, Lauren Wroe and Patrick Williams, three leading experts in law, criminal justice and legal and social policy, is published in the IRR’s journal Race & Class. ‘County Lines’ refers to the government and police’s unique crime label for…

An anatomy of the British ‘War on Woke’

  The October 2023 issue of  Race & Class provides a cutting-edge analysis of the British ‘War on Woke’, as well as the role of ethnic minorities in the Conservative party.   What does the ambiguous, catch-all term ‘woke’ actually mean, and how has it become central to the UK’s political discourse…

Watch: What is Antiracism?

A book launch and conversation with Dr Arun Kundnani, author of What Is Antiracism? And Why It Means Anticapitalism, also featuring Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore. 13th July 2023 | Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London | Co-hosted with the Independent Social Research Foundation Why has liberalism been ineffective at combating…

Abolition, internationalism and communities of resistance

  Fifty years ago, the Institute of Race Relations overturned ‘race relations’ orthodoxies and set parameters for a committed anti-racism. Fifty years on, the IRR, with radical scholar activists, examined ‘New Circuits of Anti-Racism’ at a conference gathering. The July 2023 special issue of Race & Class, guest-edited by the…

Remapping Europe’s racisms

  The April 2023 issue of Race & Class offers a challenge to how Europe is understood and explores the origins and impacts of civilisational racism. A year on from the start of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, IRR director Liz Fekete in the April issue of Race & Class…

Civilisational racism, ethnonationalism and the clash of imperialisms in Ukraine

  As rallies take place across Europe to mark the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and calls for a peace process to end the conflict grow, Liz Fekete, a leading expert on European racism, pinpoints the need to examine how new geopolitics, changing imperialisms and the entrenching…

Britannia Enchained

  As the economy unravels, we are seeing an increasingly aggressive government squaring up to an expanding list of enemies, heedless of legal and moral restraints and of the impact on country and people, argues Frances Webber. ‘Move fast and break things’ used to be the mantra of tech whizz-kid…

Breaking the ‘colour bar’: the stories of Pearl Prescod and Len Johnson

  In the latest issue of Race & Class, Pearl Prescod and Len Johnson are pulled from the historical margins and recentred as radical agents of history that changed the shape of British society. The January 2023 issue of Race & Class contains two key articles tracing the life, work…