Hostile environment
London’s racial geography, 1960–80
in It’s a London thing
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This chapter provides an historical account of the racialisation of London in the post-war period, with particular focus on Caribbean migration, the “re-racialisation” of the city, the forms of spatial discipline – like sus – which militated against multiculture and the way leisure, including pubs and football were racialised spaces from which black youth was excluded. In the context of this exclusion the chapter discusses the emergence of the semi-autonomous black colony and the role reggae sound systems and Notting Hill Carnival played in providing the sites and resources for the emergence of new kinds of black British culture. The chapter also focuses on the emergence of multiculture in London space- at schools, and in the mixed musical cultures of soul.

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