Power and punishment: Jamaica and Hungary

Power and punishment: Jamaica and Hungary

Press Release

Written by: IRR News Team

The latest issue of Race & Class features articles examining the roots of paramilitary and structural violence in Jamaica and Hungary.

Kevin Edmonds, in ‘Guns, gangs and garrison communities in the politics of Jamaica‘, traces the formation of Kingston’s ‘garrison communities’ – essentially states within a state – demystifying the roots of the current crime epidemic. Not just a story of drugs, gangs and guns, Edmonds raises to the forefront the legacy of CIA involvement, the back drop of the Cold War, and the efforts to marginalise the 1970s democratic socialist government of Michael Manley and the People’s National Party.

In ‘Hungary: power, punishment and the “Christian-national idea”‘, Liz Fekete looks at the growing structural violence in Hungary in the context of the refugee crisis. In September 2015, the Hungarian government declared a ‘state of migration emergency’. Prime minister Victor Orbán declared it a Muslim ‘invasion’ in need of a military response, declaring that Europeans will not ‘become a minority in our own continent’. After building a 109-mile razor wire fence along the border with Serbia, heavily armed military personnel were deployed to police it. The macho nationalist rhetoric of Victor Orbán can only embolden the paramilitary squads that are terrorising the Roma across Hungary.

You can buy a copy of the latest issue of Race & Class for £5 here.

The April 2016 edition also includes:

Worlding and wilding: Lagos and Detroit as global cities by Stephen Marr

The deradicalisation of education: terror, youth and the assault on learning by Mayssoun Sukarieh and Stuart Tannock

Soft power and corporate imperialism: maintaining British influence by Emma Bell

How the lifestyle of the rich became anthropogenic activity in the climate change debate by Jeremy Seabrook

Late Victorian aristocrats and the racial other: the Devonshire House ball of 1897 by Martin Spies


Gaza 2014 and the ‘duty to investigate’: a review article by Barbara Harlow

Eqbal Ahmad: critical outsider in a turbulent age by Stuart Schaar (Jenny Bourne)

Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World: a preferred future edited by Leanne Weber (Liz Fekete)

Settled Wanderers: the poetry of Western Sahara by Sam Berkson and Mohamed Sulaiman (Chris Searle)

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