The Italian postracial archive

Ghebremariam Tesfau', M. and Picker, G. (2021) The Italian postracial archive. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44(2), pp. 195-214. (doi: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1730924)

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In conversation with recent works on the rise of right-wing populism, racism and crises across Europe and beyond, this article critically examines the ongoing reconfiguration of racism in Italy. By drawing on both quantitative and qualitative analyses, we argue that this reconfiguration is part of the emergent political and cultural reference of postraciality. Accordingly, we organize an archive of Italian postracial racism in two main chronological sections: from 2002 to 2008, the consolidation of a neoconservative block, openly anti-Islam and anti-migration, and fuelled by gender-based arguments; and from 2009 to 2018, the intensification of an “extremization” of racism and its postpolitical denial. In providing the first systematic analysis of postracial Italy, we aim to encourage both reflexive praxes tackling reconfigured racisms, and further national and supranational archives of the postracial present. Accordingly, in the conclusion we point at emergent race-conscious, anti-racist initiatives which oppose postracial racisms.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Picker, Dr Giovanni
Authors: Ghebremariam Tesfau', M., and Picker, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Ethnic and Racial Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-4356
Published Online:11 March 2020

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