Blackening Britain: Caribbean Radicalism from Windrush to Decolonization (Global Critical Caribbean Thought)
James G. Cantres (Author)
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Covering the period from the interwar years through the arrival of the steamship SS Empire Windrush from Jamaica in 1948 and culminating in the period of decolonization in the British Caribbean by the early 1970s, this project situates the development of networks of communication, categories of identification, and Caribbean radical politics both in the metropole and abroad. Blackening Britain explores how articulations of Caribbean identity formation corresponded to the following themes: organic collective action, political mobilization, cultural expressions of shared consciousness, and novel patterns of communication. Blackening Britain shows how colonial migrants developed tools of resistance in the imperial center predicated on their racialized consciousness that emerged from their experiences of alienation and discrimination in Britain. This book also interrogates the ways in which prominent West Indian activists, intellectuals, political actors, and artists conceived of their relationship to Britain. Ultimately, this work shows a move away from British identity and a radical, revolutionary consciousness rooted in the West Indian background and forged in the contentious space of metropolitan Britain.
About the Author
James Cantres is assistant professor in Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY where he specializes in migration, black internationalism, radical politics, cultural formations, and Africana epistemologies.
- Contributor: James G. Cantres
- Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield
- ISBN13: 9781538143544
- Number of Pages: 270
- Packaged Dimensions: 163x238x22mm
- Packaged Weight: 526
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
- Release Date: 2020-12-10
- Series: Global Critical Caribbean Thought
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: James Cantres is assistant professor in Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY where he specializes in migration, black internationalism, radical politics, cultural formations, and Africana epistemologies.