1968 in Retrospect: History, Theory, Alterity by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Ipek Demir

By Gurminder K. Bhambra, Ipek Demir

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American sociology in the 1950s provides an especially glaring example of this myopia. Its preoccupation with racial attitudes held by White Americans apparently blinded it to the rumblings of African American unrest that exploded into sit-ins, marches, protest rallies, and a sustained civil rights movement in its own backyard. As James McKee points out, ‘the sociologists of race relations had not simply failed to predict a specific event; rather, they had grievously misread a significant historical development.

27. For a sample of work on African American student activism, see AndersonBricker (1999), Franklin (2003) and Rosenthal (1975). 28. For an analysis of these trends in Black Feminism, see Collins (2006). For an historical analysis of how African American women were positioned within these relations, see Valk (2008). 29. php? php%3Fid%3D4201). For an analysis of women’s activism among various groups, see Valk (2008). 30. html. com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-05-13 26 31.

With its attention to culture, to sexuality and everyday life, to self-help, participatory democracy and direct action (with CND, the Campaign Against Nuclear Disarmament – those colourful Aldermaston Marches – its first major movement in the UK) the New Left of the Sixties was, of course, implicated in the rising importance attached to personal life. Belatedly so obvious, the material underpinning of this political shift was the spectacular rise of mass markets and consumer spending in the Sixties.

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