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Taking our country back: racism, xenophobia and Donald Trump’s place in context

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Lecture examines Donald Trump's xenophobic campaign from an historical perspective

Taking Our Country Back: Racism, xenophobia and Donald Trump’s place in context
Charles A. Gallagher, Professor of Sociology, La Salle University and Visiting Fulbright Professor, University of Birmingham
Wednesday 30th November, 1–2pm
UEL Docklands Campus, room EB.1.40
Donald Trump becoming President of the United States has shocked millions. His racist, xenophobic and nationalist appeals have both horrified and electrified the electorate.
There is, however, a long-standing history of race baiting and the use of xenophobic appeals to mostly white voters by politicians.
How did Trump’s use of stereotypes, misinformation and anxieties about immigration fit into US immigration history? How are seemingly racist appeals to primarily white voters possible in an era of post-race, colour-blind politics?

Charles A. Gallagher is professor and chair of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at La Salle University and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Urban Ethnography Project.

His research focuses on social inequality, race relations and immigration and he has published more than 50 articles, reviews and books on these topics. 

His scholarship examines the ways in which the media, state policy and popular culture construct, shape and disseminate ideas of race, immigration and social mobility. He is currently writing a book on how institutions create self-reinforcing accounts of colour-blind egalitarianism that serve to maintain, normalise and reproduce racial inequality. 

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Hosted jointly by The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) and The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB)

UEL Docklands Campus, University Way, E16 2RD

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

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