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Post-War Immigration and Multicultural Britain

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Abstract

The commitment to a ‘post-imperial’ national identity examined in Chap.  4 is evaluated further in this chapter in relation to the arrival to Britain of non-white colonial and ex-colonial migrants. In this chapter, I analyse the literature of Anthony Burgess, Shelagh Delaney, Colin MacInnes, and Alan Sillitoe alongside their non-white migrant contemporaries, principally the so-called Windrush generation that includes Sam Selvon, George Lamming, Andrew Salkey, and V.S. Naipaul. Here I challenge the view that white British writers maintained an ‘enigmatic silence’ with regards to mass immigration. Works by these post-war writers challenge the marginalization of non-white migrants from mainstream British society, and foreground the relationship between anti-immigration campaigns of the fifties and the colonialist conceptions of ‘race’.

Keywords

British Society Institutional Racism Sunday Morning Domestic Space Mass Immigration 
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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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