The Violence of Britishness


Thursday, 21st September 2023 | 19:00 - 20:30




A conversation with the author of 'The Violence of Britishness - Racism, Borders and the Conditions of Citizenship', and the Institute of Race Relations trustee, Frances Webber.


In post-Brexit Britain wracked by multiple crises, the entitlements of citizenship grow increasingly precarious. 'Britishness' is a way of understanding the nation shaped by white nationalism that acts as a powerful tool of racial bordering, separating the deserving from the undeserving.


In The Violence of Britishness, Nadya Ali examines the impact of counter-terrorism and immigration policy on Muslims and other racially minoritised groups. Dissecting the Prevent strategy, she shows how Muslims have been compelled to reform their conduct and their faith in order to prove their 'Britishness', or risk being labelled an 'extremist' and made vulnerable to further state violence.


Situating this within broader changes such as the hostile environment, austerity, and the cost of living crisis, who gets what is increasingly decided through who counts as sufficiently 'British'.



Dr Nadya Ali is a writer and researcher currently working in policy and advocacy in the charity sector. Prior to this she worked for over 10 years in Higher Education researching, publishing and teaching on the issues of security, borders and race and racism.


Frances Webber is a retired barrister who specialised in human rights, immigration and asylum law. She is a trustee at Institute of Race Relations, with which she has been involved for over 40 years.


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This event is a partnership between Institute of Race Relations and Pluto Press.


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