Search results

Richard Lapper

him in December 2020. “Each morro had a boss. It was like Game of Thrones.” 9 Rio de Janeiro’s growth in the west introduced another element into the equation. At the beginning of the 1970s the completion of big road and tunnel projects suddenly opened up transport routes through and around the mountainous Tijuca National Park, triggering the rapid development of a previously wild rural area inhabited by jaguars and alligators. An extensive beachfront suburb called Barra da Tijuca was the focus, but dozens of new favelas providing homes for the construction

in Beef, Bible and Bullets
Abstract only
Resisting racism in times of national security
Editor: Asim Qureshi

In times of national security, scholars and activists who hail from the communities under suspicion attempt to draw readers and listeners to the complexity of the world we inhabit. For those who campaigned against the SUS law in the 1980s, when young Black men were being routinely stopped in the streets, the wave of counter-terrorism legislation and policy that exists today will be very familiar. Similarly, recent discussions about the impact of drill music in the culture of young Black men has drawn questions around the ways in which they should be securitised, with senior police calling for the use of terrorism legislation against them. In this environment, when those who study and have lived alongside the communities who are at the scrutiny of the state raise questions about the government, military and police policy, they are often shut down as terrorist-sympathisers, or apologists for gang culture. In such environments, there is an expectation on scholars and activists to condemn what society at large fears. This volume is about how that expectation has emerged alongside the normalisation of racism, and how these writers choose to subvert the expectations raised on them, as part of their commitment to anti-racism.

Abstract only
‘You know nothing, Jon Snow’
Asim Qureshi

he would ask them the same, and because he is Jon Snow I concede and say that I condemn any form of arbitrary execution and violence. I am at pains not to say it in the language he demands – because I don’t want my life and work reduced to the notions of propriety that this White man demands. My life, my work, my ethics are caged through his fears of me, the Other. You know nothing, Jon Snow.3 2 QURESHI PRINT.indd 2 24/09/2020 10:17 INTRODUCTION The famous line from Game of Thrones comes to me after the interview is over. He doesn’t know why this questioning is

in I Refuse to Condemn
Abstract only
Councillors, hope for the future?
Colin Copus

flickering street light. They may be castigated in the local press, abused at public meetings or even in the streets, subject to personal scrutiny of their private lives, treated with often barely concealed contempt by ministers, have little or no time for family, friends and relaxation or even simply watching a bit of TV – although it is amazing how many councillors interviewed were fans of Game of Thrones. They may be expected to keep up with new ways of working or new advances in social media which offer another intrusion into other facets of their life, but they put up

in In defence of councillors