Institute of Race Relations

Police database spreads institutional racism

The IRR welcomes Amnesty International and The Monitoring Group’s recent reports on the racially discriminatory nature of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Gangs Matrix intelligence database. The fact that the Information Commissioner’s Office has launched an investigation into whether the Metropolitan Police Service Trident Gangs Matrix breaches the Data Protection Act…

Are the experts on radicalisation getting it wrong?

What, asks the April issue of Race & Class, has happened in policy and academia to the concept of ‘radicalisation’ that Arun Kundnani  analysed in a pathbreaking piece, ‘Radicalisation: the journey of a concept’, some six years ago? In a far-reaching survey of published articles and commissioned government research over…

Reinforcing neoliberalism?

How, asks the January issue of Race & Class, are the principles of neoliberalism reinforced through the racial dimensions of governance, the criminal justice system and the media? Elizabeth Jones, assistant professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, explores the prolific imposition of fines and fees on urban…

A. Sivanandan 1923 – 2018

A. Sivanandan, the Director Emeritus of the Institute of Race Relations and founding editor of Race & Class has passed away. The Institute of Race Relations would like to thank everyone who has sent tributes and messages of condolences following the death of A. Sivanandan on Wednesday 3 January. As…

EU member states, in criminalising humanitarians, are feeding Europe’s far Right

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) publishes today research showing that EU member states are using laws, aimed at traffickers and smugglers, to criminalise those acting out of humanitarian motives. The rhetoric of EU politicians and its border force, Frontex, may be fuelling far-right extremism, it IRR warns. It has…

Resisting racialisation

How, asks the October 2017 issue of Race & Class, are societies attempting to corral non-white surplus populations, especially when they resist their racialisation?  A. Naomi Paik, an expert on US imperialism and incarceration, examines the ways in which the current US cities’ sanctuary movement (for new migrants) opposes the…

Against ‘law and order’ lockup

The July 2017 issue of Race & Class is now available and you can download the lead article for free (for a limited time only). The July 2017 issue of Race & Class leads with a double-length narrative history of the little known New York City jail riots of the…

Narratives that marginalise: from Ferguson to Palestine

The April 2017 Race & Class tackles two key current themes: the impact of Fox News  in (mis)representing news and creating racist discourses, and the  way in which Canadian  ‘neoliberal multiculturalism’ is marginalising  Arabs, Muslims and those in solidarity with Palestine. Colleen Mills, researcher into racism and hate crime at…

Racial violence and the Brexit state

In a pioneering study published today, the IRR takes a fresh look at the nature of racial hate crimes since the referendum. Through a detailed examination of cases on the IRR’s unique database it establishes a link between the language and behaviour of perpetrators of such violence, the rhetoric and…