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Adam Lively, 10 March 1994

The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness 
by Paul Gilroy.
Verso, 261 pp., £11.95, November 1993, 0 86091 675 8
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Small Acts: Thoughts on the Politics of Black Culture 
by Paul Gilroy.
Serpent’s Tail, 257 pp., £12.99, October 1993, 9781852422981
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... antidote to all that urban multi-culturalism. Central to the sustained scholarly argument of Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, and to the shorter pieces that make up his Small Acts, is an attack on ethnic absolutism, on the conflation of race and culture and the identification of the latter with a ‘tradition’ based on anteriority and ...

I ain’t afeared

Marina Warner: In Her Classroom, 9 September 2021

Black Teacher 
by Beryl Gilroy.
Faber, 268 pp., £12.99, July, 978 0 571 36773 3
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... did not always matter,’ she remembered. Chafing at these conventions, Answick (who became Beryl Gilroy on her marriage in 1954) moved to London in 1951 to study educational psychology at the University of London. She was one of very few teachers from the Caribbean in England in the 1950s; another was her friend E.R. Braithwaite, the author of To Sir, with ...

On the Sofa

Yohann Koshy: ‘Small Axe’, 7 January 2021

... booming out deep bass frequencies in reggae and dub, are the sort that make the ground vibrate. Paul Gilroy, an adviser on the series, says that these soundsystems give the listener an ‘ontological shake’. The dancers in ‘Lovers Rock’ appear to lose themselves late in the night when the Revolutionaries’ ‘Kunta Kinte Dub’ is played, with ...

At Tate Liverpool

Frances Morgan: Turner Prize 2022, 2 March 2023

... is at its most horrible when they slow down, exhausted.In the catalogue for Carbon Slowly Turning, Paul Gilroy writes that Pollard’s collection of place names ‘raises questions about the tenacity with which they are defended, and why the well-documented history from which they sprung was so forcefully denied’. I thought of this in January when ...

Leave, and Leave Again

William Davies: The Brexit Mentality, 7 February 2019

... the once colonised. If it’s never too late to learn, then there should be a rush to the works of Paul Gilroy on Britain’s ‘postcolonial melancholia’, just as there is now an embrace of Fintan O’Toole’s reflections on Britain’s sudden sense of victimhood. But even this will not bring us face to face with the sheer negativity of Brexit. In the ...

Like What Our Peasants Still Are

Landeg White: Afrocentrism, 13 May 1999

Afrocentrism: Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes 
by Stephen Howe.
Verso, 337 pp., £22, June 1998, 1 85984 873 7
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... to scholarship, least of all to the work of serious black scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Paul Gilroy, Manning Marable and Cornel West (to pick names at random). Though a few of the books he describes are undeniably nasty in their anti-semitic and psychosexual bigotry, he also tells us how that bigotry has been exposed for what it is by – yes ...

To Own Whiteness

Musab Younis, 10 February 2022

Nice Racism 
by Robin DiAngelo.
Allen Lane, 224 pp., £17.99, June 2021, 978 0 241 51935 6
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Me and White Supremacy 
by Layla Saad.
Quercus, 242 pp., £14.99, January 2020, 978 1 5294 0510 1
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Do Better 
by Rachel Ricketts.
Gallery, 383 pp., £16.99, February 2021, 978 1 3985 0345 8
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What White People Can Do Next 
by Emma Dabiri.
Penguin, 176 pp., £7.99, April 2021, 978 0 14 199673 8
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... Barnor Hesse asked: ‘How do we resist being imprisoned by our opponent’s account of race?’ Paul Gilroy and others have argued that the language of race should be abandoned altogether because using its vocabulary, even critically, reinforces its power. These ideas are absent from the new anti-racism, in which racial categories are often treated as ...

Zombie v. Zombie

Jeremy Harding: Pan-Africanist Inflections, 4 January 2024

... with ‘the civilising coloniser’. Forty years after Fanon, in The Black Atlantic (1993), Paul Gilroy tilted the idea of double consciousness towards a more elastic, miscegenated doubleness, proposing that cultures ostensibly defined by ethnicity – and divided historically as slaver and slave, coloniser and colonised, white and Black – are ...

A Difficult Space to Live

Jenny Turner: Stuart Hall’s Legacies, 3 November 2022

Selected Writings on Marxism 
by Stuart Hall, edited by Gregor McLennan.
Duke, 380 pp., £25.99, April 2021, 978 1 4780 0034 1
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Selected Writings on Race and Difference 
by Stuart Hall, edited by Paul Gilroy and Ruth Wilson Gilmore.
Duke, 472 pp., £27.99, April 2021, 978 1 4780 1166 8
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... you’re the one trying to hold it together or the one who’s trying to prise the sides apart.Paul Gilroy – one of Hall’s many illustrious former students – suspects it was frustration with New Labour, and what it did to left politics, that led Hall in the 1990s to spend more and more time working on ‘less depressing’ Black Arts projects ...

At the Movies

Michael Wood: ‘The International’, ‘Duplicity’, 9 April 2009

The International 
directed by Tom Twyker.
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directed by Tony Gilroy.
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... looks as if has been rescued from an archive of prize clichés. I can’t tell the story of Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity both because I don’t want to spoil your fun – there are many fine twists to the plot, and the ending of the film takes ingenuity to a new level – and because it would hurt my head to try. There are flashbacks after flashbacks, and the ...

In the Time of Not Yet

Marina Warner: Going East, 16 December 2010

... vital in the foundation of a nation state. His argument grows in force when considered along with Paul Gilroy’s analysis in Darker than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture.* In eloquent indignation, Gilroy sets out how ‘the wholesale privatisation of culture’ transforms the ‘mechanisms of ...

One Summer in America

Eliot Weinberger, 26 September 2019

... Liberal Party and then high commissioner to the UK. In June, Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort held a secret meeting with Russians at Trump Tower. In July, after the hacking of the Democratic National Committee was widely reported, Downer informed American intelligence about his conversation with Papadopoulos. The FBI investigated and found ...

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