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The re-emergence of the 'black spectre': minority professional associations in the post-Macpherson era

Phillips, Coretta (2007) The re-emergence of the 'black spectre': minority professional associations in the post-Macpherson era. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30 (3). pp. 375-396. ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

This article reflects on the forging of a collective black identity among professionals working within the criminal justice field in the aftermath of the Macpherson Report (1999). Drawing on interviews with the Chairpersons of 'black' and 'Asian' professional associations, it describes the familiar tensions associated with mobilizing against racism and discrimination in the workplace. These include the viability of an inclusive black political position and the challenge of 'fighting from within' or being a 'critical friend' of criminal justice services. The political backdrop is one in which the policy goal of eliminating 'institutional racism' has given way to a discourse of 'promoting race equality and embracing diversity'. Despite the obstacles, these professional associations provide a safe and supportive network for members which is grounded in a powerful, shared history of occupational racism.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/01419870...
Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2008 16:26
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/15956/

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