The July issue of Race & Class takes up three topical themes: the monetarisation of private information, the politics of film and the demonisation of ‘anti-racism’.
Jerry Harris, national secretary of the Global Studies Association of North America, in a provocative lead article examines transnational capital and what he terms ‘the technology of domination and desire’. The desire for new information technology products, particularly in the realm of social networking and media, has led to a monetarisation of our private information. The control of mega data servers, by both the state security apparatus and information technology corporations, has led to new forms of coercion.
The transformative power of film is examined in three contributions: on the impact of Robert Van Lierop’s A Luta Continua, an account of the 1970s Frelimo struggle, on African American politics; on the pioneering campaigning film-work of grassroots-based Migrant Media, founded by Ken Fero, about black deaths in custody; and on the way that Gran Torino, a mainstream US movie, regenerated the myth of the American Immigrant Dream.
As the government resurrects notions of ‘British values’ Jenny Bourne and Jon Burnett consider how such ideas were in the 1980s – and are again now – being used by Right ‘thinkers’ to first distort the definitions and then deride the practice of ‘anti-racism’.
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The July 2015 issue includes:
- Transnational capital and the technology of domination and desire by Jerry Harris
- A Luta Continua: radical filmmaking, Pan-African liberation and communal empowerment by R. Joseph Parrott
- Migrant Media and the road to Injustice by Ken Fero
- The auto-mobility of Gran Torino‘s American immigrant dream: cars class and whiteness in Detroit’s post-industrial cityscape by Rebecca J. Kinney
- Anti-racist witchcraft by Jenny Bourne
- Anti-racism: totem and taboo – a review article by Jon Burnett