We are pleased to announce the publication of the first academic journal article from the project! Brexit, British People of Colour in the EU27 and everyday racism in Britain and Europe is based on the interviews conducted by Chantelle Lewis into what Brexit means to British People of Colour who have made their homes and lives in the EU27. You’ll remember that she wrote these excellent posts about the importance of including British People of Colour in the research and what these interviews were bringing to fore in terms of everyday racism.
You can download the article for free here if you are interested. Here’s the summary to whet your appetite:
This paper foregrounds an understanding of Brexit as unexceptional, as business as usual in Britain and Europe. It reports on original empirical research with British People of Colour who have settled elsewhere in Europe, to bring into view an original perspective to understandings of what Brexit means to Britons living in Europe, and to consider what these testimonies offer to emerging social science research on Brexit. As we argue, focussing on the testimonies of British People of Colour living in the EU-27 offers a unique lens into how Brexit is caught up in everyday racism, personal experiences of racialization and racial violence, and longer European histories of racialization and racism. Importantly, these experiences precede and succeed Brexit, taking place in both Britain and other European Union countries.– Benson, M. and Lewis, C. (2019) Brexit, British People of Colour in the EU27 and everyday racism in Britain and Europe, Ethnic and Racial Studies 42(16) https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1599134