Tariq Modood: 'Still not easy being British'
17 September 2010
The late 1980s and early 1990s in Britain saw dramatic shifts in race relations.
The late 1980s and early 1990s in Britain saw dramatic shifts in race relations. They saw the fracturing of a political ‘black’ identity; ethnic minority assertions to be British and about remaking what it is to be British; the manifestation of the social mobility of Indians and, above all, the emergence of Muslim identity politics in the Rushdie Affair. These issues were the subject of Tariq Modood's Not Easy Being British. One of the first books to note these developments and analyse their implications, Not Easy became an underground classic.
In this new collection (PDF, 430kB), Tariq Modood returns to some of these topics, considering especially the growth of Muslim political assertiveness and the reactions to it in the context of rethinking multiculturalism and Britishness. Modood’s reflections and bold interventions in controversies – which characterise his work and have made him a renowned intellectual commentator on Muslim politics and multiculturalism – could not be more relevant to our fraught and fearful times
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