Stealing C. L. R James

Stealing C. L. R James

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Written by: Race & Class

The October 2018 issue of Race & Class brings together pieces on racialising domestic violence, #Grime4Corybyn, the rebranding of C.L.R. James for a neoliberal era and memorial tributes to A. Sivanandan.

Jessica Perera, who is currently assisting research at the Institute of Race Relations, explores how Grime artists in the 2017 UK general election came out in support of Jeremy Corbyn, revealing how Grime is a more than a music genre and more a way of life giving cultural meaning. Chloe Patton, a lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Australia critically examines media coverage of the forced marriage debate in Australia, a discourse that overwhelmingly understands forced marriages as a problem of Islam, and that marginalises the experiences of women and service providers. And in a daring lead article, New York college teacher Jonathan Scott takes issue with the way that C. L. R. James is now being reinterpreted, and de-Marxified by some in the US academy.



Review article


  • Urban rage: the revolt of the excluded by Mustafa DikeÇ (Parastou Saberi)
  • Incarcerating the Crisis: freedom struggles and the rise of the neoliberal state by Jordan Camp (Arun Kundnani)
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale (Jasbinder S. Nijjar)
  • Lights in the Distance: Exile and refuge at the borders of Europe by Daniel Trilling (Frances Webber)
  • Voices from the ‘Jungle’: stories from the Calais refugee camp, edited by Marie Godin (Anya Edmond-Pettitt)
  • Kitch: a fictional biography of a calypso icon by Anthony Joseph (Chris Searle)


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