Author Spotlight - Grassroot responses from the Black community towards the race riots of the 1980s
Posted by Huddersfield Press on 2023-07-25
One of the students whose work was published in our 9th edition of Fields was Marva Bibi from the School of Arts and Humanities.
"My research provides agency to the Black community to articulate their rightful lived experiences, emotions, and perceptions of the 1980s race riots and issues of race relations during this period. The methodological innovation of this article puts elite political and social theory into dialogue with subaltern and grassroots idealism in the form of poetry and music. With the prominence of Black Lives Matter and various other forms of protest, it is vital that intellectual historians and political theorists reconsider the locus of conceptual innovation. This article relocated this to the artistic grassroots accounts from prominent Black figures such as John Agard, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Benjamin Zephaniah. Further, this article holds academic theorists to account for formulating abstract critiques of racism and arguments for justice which misrecognised the lived reality of many communities they sought to help. The findings of which can be used to build better police relations with ethnic minority communities."
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