Paper long abstract:
This paper sets out to chart transformations in 'progressive' political discourse by examining how two of its defining pillars - class and race/ethnicity - have been deployed in recent times to frame diversity, justice, belonging and rights in the context of migrants and minorities. In particular, this paper intends to shed light on how the shifting use of these categories relates to the neo-liberal restructuring of European society and to the management of its changing population. It also intends to highlight some of the concrete implications that this shift entails in terms of inclusion/exclusion for a widening sector of this population.
This examination will be carried out by drawing on historically informed and comparative ethnographic material from Britain and Italy that focuses on a number of recent changes in progressive discourses and policies about diversity, race and racism, multiculturalism, citizenship, class and nation.
One face, one race? Rethinking race and citizenship in a changing Europe