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Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

Natives

Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

Akala

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2 reviews

Imprint: Two Roads
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 21 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781473661233

The Sunday Times bestseller on race and class in the UK, from the MOBO award-winning musician Akala

4 stars out of 5
Aleesha Badkar
17 Jun 2020

"identifies the social, historical and political factors that have lead to today’s society"

By touching on his own personal experiences with racism, award-winning musician Akala identifies the social, historical and political factors that have lead to today’s society.

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4 stars out of 5
David Olusoga
24 May 2019

"a work more interestingly and experimentally structured than any out-and-out polemic"

Natives is not an easy book to categorise and for some it will not be an easy book to read, full as it is of uncomfortable statistics about the effects of race and equally disturbing truths about British history. It has been described as a polemic, which in certain respects it is, but it is also a form of biography, a work more interestingly and experimentally structured than any out-and-out polemic. Its more introspective passages create the impression of someone who walks through the world thinking, and for whom self-education and self-awareness have long been survival strategies...Natives ranges widely across history and contemporary politics but its more analytical and impressively footnoted sections will be overshadowed by the biographical passages.