Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East End

A political history

By Sarah Glynn

Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East End


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9595-5
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: November 2014
  • BIC Category: Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Sociology


This exploration of one of the most concentrated immigrant communities in Britain combines a fascinating narrative history, an original theoretical analysis of the evolving relationship between progressive left politics and ethnic minorities, and an incisive critique of political multiculturalism. It recounts and analyses the experiences of many of those who took part in over six decades of political history that range over secular nationalism, trade unionism, black radicalism, mainstream local politics, Islamism and the rise and fall of the Respect Coalition. Through this Bengali case study and examples from wider immigrant politics, it traces the development and adoption of the concepts of popular frontism, revolutionary stages theory and identity politics. It demonstrates how these theories and tactics have cut across class-based organisation and acted as an impediment to addressing socio-economic inequality; and it argues for a left materialist alternative. It will appeal equally to sociologists, political activists and local historians.


Sarah Glynn is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of Scotland


1. Sailors, students and settlers
2. Desher Dak - 'The Call of the Homeland'
3. Joi Bangla! - 1971
4. British Bangladeshis
5. Socialism on stony ground
6. Black radicalism and separate organisation
7. Bengalis in the council chamber
8. Mobilisation through Islam
9. The respect experiment
10. Diverging paths

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