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The Americanisation of anti-racism? Global power and hegemony in ethnic equity

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alastair Bonnett



Following recent debate on US influence on anti-racism around the world, this article offers a critical assessment of how anti-racism is being shaped and disseminated. It is argued that the US-Americanisation of anti-racism is autonomous of US political will or action and has a complex and contingent relationship with neo-liberal globalisation. After considering how these themes suggest a revision in Gramscian perspectives on hegemony, the paper illustrates them by reference to the World Bank's advocacy of cultural pluralism in Latin America. It is argued that this ethnic equity project is articulated and 'sold' as a form of counter-authority, a form that employs and deploys the USA as a model of the modern nation.

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Author(s): Bonnett A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Year: 2006

Volume: 32

Issue: 7

Pages: 1083-1103

ISSN (print): 1369-183X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9451


DOI: 10.1080/13691830600821778


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