British culture after Empire

Race, decolonisation and migration since 1945

Edited by Josh Doble, Liam Liburd and Emma Parker

British culture after Empire


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5974-8
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: October 2022
  • BIC Category: History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: post-colonial literature, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Contemporary Literature, Sociology, Theatre Studies, Literature, Modern History
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


British culture after Empire is the first collection of its kind to explore the intertwined social, cultural and political aftermath of empire in Britain from 1945 up to and beyond the Brexit referendum of 2016, combining approaches from the fields of history, English and cultural studies. Against those who would deny, downplay or attempt to forget Britain's imperial legacy, the various contributions expose and explore how the British Empire and the consequences of its end continue to shape Britain at the local, national and international level. As an important and urgent intervention in a field of increasing relevance within and beyond the academy, the book offers fresh perspectives on the colonial hangovers in post-colonial Britain from up-and-coming as well as established scholars.


Foreword: Living in the Bush of Ghosts: British culture after Empire - Elleke Boehmer
Introduction: Rhodesia, Rivers of Blood and British culture after Empire - Josh Doble, Liam J. Liburd and Emma Parker

Part I: Institutions of Empire
1 "Bloomsbury bazaar": Daljit Nagra at the diasporic museum - John McLeod
2 Anthropology at the end of Empire - Katherine Ambler
3 "He is not a 'racist' but should not be appointed Director of LSE": The impact of colonial universities on the University of London - Dongkyung Shin

Part II: Writing identity, conflict and class
4 Beyond Experience: British anti-racist non-fiction after Empire - Dominic Davies
5 Empire, war and class in Graham Swift's Last Orders (1996) - Ed Dodson

Part III: At home in postcolonial Britain
6 Empire, security and citizenship in Arab British fiction - Tasnim Qutait
7 Black, beautiful and essentially British: African-Caribbean women, belonging and the creation of Black British beauty spaces in Britain (c.1948-1990) - Mobeen Hussain
8 Convivial cultures and the commodification of otherness in London nightlife in the 1970s and 1980s - Stephen Bentel

Part IV: Racial others, national memory
9 White against Empire: Immigration, decolonisation and Britain's radical right, 1954-1967 - Liam J. Liburd
10 Racism, redistribution, redress: Royal Historical Society and Race, Ethnicity & Equality in UK History: A report and resource for change - Shahmima Ahktar
11 Exemplar empires: Battles over imperial memory in contemporary Britain - Astrid Rasch

12 Tribe arts, tribe talks - Josh Doble, Liam J. Liburd, Emma Parker, Samran Rathore and Tajpal Rathore

Afterword - Bill Schwarz



Josh Doble is a Research Officer at the Scottish Government
Liam J.Liburd is Assistant Professor in Black British History at the University of Durham
Emma Parker is a Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at Keele University

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