Synopses & Reviews
What does it mean to be young in a changing world? How are migration, settlement and new urban cultures shaping young lives? And in particular, are race, place and class still meaningful to contemporary youth cultures?
This path-breaking book shows how young people are responding differently to recent social, economic and cultural transformations. From the spirit of white localism deployed by de-industrialized football supporters, to the hybrid multicultural exchanges displayed by urban youth, young people are finding new ways of wrestling with questions of race and ethnicity. Through globalization is whiteness now being displaced by ‘black culture - in fashion, music and slang - and if so, what impact is this having on race politics? Moreover, what happens to those people and places that are left behind by changes in late modernity?
By developing a unique brand of spatial cultural studies, this book explores complex formations of race and class as they arise in the subtle textures of whiteness, respectability and youth subjectivity. This is the first book to look specifically at young ethnicities through the prism of local-global change. Eloquently written, its riveting ethnographic case studies and insider accounts will ensure that this book becomes a benchmark publication for writing on race in years to come.
"Race, Place and Globalization
is a critical ethnography of the construction of young white masculinities in North-East England. It provides a locally grounded understanding of the experience of globalization from the perspective of those at its cutting edge. The ‘Real Geordies, ‘Charver Kids, ‘Wiggers and ‘Wannabees who we encounter in the course of this most engaging book are no ciphers of some abstract social theory. In Anoop Nayaks skilful narrative, they emerge as real, live, embodied and contradictory identities. The author combines a geographical interest in the dynamics of place, space and location with a wider perspective on the cultural politics of race, class and gender. It makes compelling reading and deserves a wide audience." --Peter Jackson, University of Sheffield
About the Author
is Lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.