This book will make you revisit the ‘minority question’ as it has been understood, conventionally.
This book subjects to scrutiny some of the well-established social science concepts such as minority, ethnicity, inclusion, exclusion, and self-determination, among others. The purpose of the enquiry is neither to debunk these concepts nor to highlight their relevance/irrelevance, but merely to guard against their unselective usage by scholars. The work is an endeavor to address some of the questions that animate current scholarship on minority and minoritization. In doing so, the book draws upon European and Indian experiences of cultural diversities as these regions are two of the most culturally diverse regions in the world and engage with diversity from within a democratic framework.
Chapter 10: The Specter of Communalism and the Eugenic Solution to Britain's Immigration Problem
The Specter of Communalism and the Eugenic Solution to Britain's Immigration Problem
Focusing on the nature of the intranational relations among “indigenous” British peoples and their attitudes toward the “colored”1 workers who started arriving in Britain in the late 1940s, in this chapter I propose that Enoch Powell's speeches in the late 1960s reflected a “traditional” stance toward immigrants as well as a concern about the demographic changes which were taking place in parts of Britain, especially in England, from the mid-1950s.
Powell's rhetoric on immigration in general and especially his insistence that the numbers of Afro-Asian immigrants “are of the essence” (1969b, 37), I contend in this study, represent the last sustained effort in ...