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What White People Can Do Next

From Allyship to Coalition

Emma Dabiri



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01 June 2021
An incisive and deeply practical essay from the acclaimed author of Don't Touch My Hair

Stop the denial Stop the false equivalencies Interrogate whiteness Interrogate capitalism Denounce the white Saviour Abandon guilt

We need to talk about racial injustice in a new way- one that builds on the revolutionary ideas of the past and forges new connections.

In this robust and nuanced examination of race, class and capitalism, Emma Dabiri draws on years of academic study and lived experience, as well as personal reflections on a year like no other. With intellectual rigour, wit and clarity, Dabiri articulates a powerful vision for meaningful and lasting change.
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 181mm,  Width: 111mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   107g
ISBN:   9780141996738
ISBN 10:   0141996730
Pages:   80
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Emma Dabiri is a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. She has been published in a number of anthologies - alongside such post-colonial heavyweights as Homi Bhabha and Achille Mbembe - academic journals, as well as the national press. A regular BBC face she presented 'Back in Time Brixton' (BBC2), 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces' (BBC4), as well as the sociological experiment 'Is Love Racist?' (Ch4). Most recently, she hosted Radio 4's critically-acclaimed documentary 'Journeys into Afro-futurism'.

Reviews for What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition

Essential . . . accessible and yet so full of scholarship. Witty, insightful, a must-read -- Owen Jones Fascinating, invigorating . . . this book is for everyone . . . we have an academic like Emma Dabiri writing as if James Connolly and Audre Lorde had a love child -- Jess Kav * Irish Times * A gamechanging skewering of social-media discourse with a historically grounded analysis of anti-racism, collectivism, neoliberalism, and post-colonialism -- Jason Okundaye * Vogue * Deftly and wittily deconstructs allyship and white saviour tropes to give an unblinkered takedown of what needs to happen next -- Francesca Brown * Stylist * A thoughtful, nuanced read that is deftly researched and studded with relevant reflections from Dabiri's own life in Ireland, the UK and the US... Dabiri is on top form when applying her razor-sharp analysis to the symbiotic relationship between capitalism and racism, and how it harms us all -- Georgina Lawton * iNews * Vital, needs to be read by as many people as possible . . . One of those rare books that is completely clarifying and that you find yourself referring back to for years to come -- Ellie Mae O'Hagan (via twitter) I really loved What White People Can Do Next: so smart, so readable, so helpful. There is so much I hadn't thought about before - 'whiteness' as a confection, the empty performance of online rhetoric, the impossibility of transferring privilege - and so much that I had somewhere in the back of my mind but that I'd struggled to articulate. -- Nick Hornby * author of Just Like You * Refreshing . . . A nuanced and historical analysis of post-colonialism, anti-racism and collectivism. The sharpest of any book out on 'race' in recent years -- Good Readers Club Vitally important and written with intelligence and insight, this book is an essential companion for anyone seeking to understand racism, on the journey towards an anti-racist future -- Jeffrey Boakye Fantastic . . . a wonderfully concise deconstruction of race and racism Emma is challenging the inherent power dynamics in the concept of allyship, arguing instead for coalition when it comes to how people can confront the structures of racism * The Blindboy Podcast * Concise, sure-footed and complete . . . a battle cry against racism for even the most socially aware . . . Dabiri's reflections have been a very, very long time coming -- Tanya Sweeny * Irish Independent *

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