Black Resistance to British Policing


by Elliott-Cooper, Adam
Society & social sciences


by Elliott-Cooper, Adam | Society & social sciences
Published 01/05/2021 by Manchester University Press in the United Kingdom as part of the Racism, Resistance and Social Change series
Paperback | 200 pages, 3 black & white illustrations

As police racism unsettles Britain’s tolerant self-image, Black resistance to British policing details the activism that made movements like Black Lives Matter possible. Elliott-Cooper analyses racism beyond prejudice and the interpersonal – arguing that black resistance confronts a global system of racial classification, exploitation and violence. Imperial cultures and policies, as well as colonial war and policing highlight connections between these histories and contemporary racisms.

But this is a book about resistance, considering black liberation movements in the 20th century while utilising a decade of activist research covering spontaneous rebellion, campaigns and protest in the 21st century. Drawing connections between histories of resistance and different kinds of black struggle against policing is vital, it is argued, if we are to challenge the cutting edge of police and prison power which harnesses new and dangerous forms of surveillance, violence and criminalisation.