This essay contributes to work on the contested racialized articulations of conjunctures by engaging with the spatial practices through which racialized in/securities became politicized in the period after the First World War. It explores the forms of opposition to riots against multiethnic communities in Cardiff and Liverpool in 1919 through tracing the significant transnational connections and routes that shaped resistance to this violence, doing so by engaging with disturbances aboard ships that were deporting black seafarers from Cardiff and Liverpool to Barbados and Jamaica. The essay concludes that these events offer a key lens onto the contested dynamics of racism and resistance in an imperial context and suggests how globalized ideas around racialized in/securities were shaped and negotiated through situated trajectories and relations.
Politicizing In/Security, Transnational Resistance, and the 1919 Riots in Cardiff and Liverpool
David Featherstone is a senior lecturer in human geography at the University of Glasgow. He has research interests in the relations between resistance, space, and politics and is currently working on the relations between maritime labor and decolonization from below. He is the author of Solidarity: Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism (2012) and the coeditor of Stuart Hall: Selected Political Writings (2017) and Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket: C. L. R. James’s “Beyond a Boundary” (2018).
David Featherstone; Politicizing In/Security, Transnational Resistance, and the 1919 Riots in Cardiff and Liverpool. Small Axe 1 November 2018; 22 (3 (57)): 56–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-7249138
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