Gilroy on Multiculture and Marley (KPFA)

On Multiculture and Marley (KPFA)


Paul Gilroy at KPFA, Berkeley on multiculturalism, July 2005, social exclusion, Thatcher’s and Blair’s ideal of populist “restoration”, post colonial melancholy and the morality of British political life as obstacles to building a modern democracy. On BNP’s obsessive focus on colonial symbols, on changes in the narrative of black communities in Britain. On the vanishing political solidarity of traditional immigrant communities in the UK and the import of “the language of whiteness” by the far right in order to manipulate the discourse of segregation. On diversity and solidarity and the cosmopolitanism-from-below of British cities and London and how the possibility of diversity and solidarity not being incompatible is supported by history. On the difference in the spatializing of race in Britain and the US, on the different patterns of urban segregation and on the New Orleans failure. On community leaders and the definition of the cultural identity of groups and on the risk of cultural definition/stereotyping associated with government funding. And on Bob Marley and on the world-wide spread of Caribbean imagination through Marley’s global appeal. Bob Marley as a symbol in the quest for the definition of a new humanism. Marley’s relevance to the values of the new generation of “entitled” world citizens. On the Ethiopianist tradition on liberty, on work and freedom, on work ethic versus play/leisure ethic. On Marley’s complex re-figuring of humanism and finally on Marley’s music, Curtis Mayfield and All you need is love by the Beatles.

AUDIO here.


Paul Gilroy, Multiculture in Times of War

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness, Harvard U. Press, 1993

Paul Gilroy, Darker Than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture, Harvard U. Press (forthcoming)

*Photo source: Harvard University Gazette


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