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date: 21 November 2018

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This article argues that Britain's race relations policy paradigm embodies the anti-racist dilemma in an especially acute way. It starts by reporting the politics of race making. British anti-racist policies recognize race, but they refuse to use it as the basis for certain kinds of preferential treatment. Race relations can be usefully analysed as a policy paradigm. The British race relations policy paradigm has several identifiable features: since the 1960s, British politicians have largely accepted race as a valid basis for social analysis and policy intervention; the form of racism that has received most policy attention has been access racism; and racism has been understood primarily in terms of colour discrimination. The focus on colour discrimination looks increasingly restrictive as anti-Muslim attitudes have developed into an important source of prejudice.

Keywords: British race relations, policy paradigm, racism, colour discrimination, Muslim, anti-racist

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