Dr James Trafford is Reader in Philosophy and Design at UCA Epsom.
He is author of The Empire at Home: Internal Colonies and the End of Britain (Pluto, August 2020).
Book description: Modern Britain is forged through the redeployment of structures that facilitated and legitimised slavery, exploitation and extermination. This is the 'Empire at Home' and it is inseparable from the strategies of neo-colonial extraction and oppression of subjects abroad.In Empire at Home, James Trafford develops the notion of internal colonies, arguing that methods and structures used in colonial rule are re-deployed internally in contemporary Britain in order to recreate and solidify imperial power relations. Using examples including housing segregation, targeted surveillance and counter-insurgency techniques used in the fight against terrorism, Trafford reveals Britain's internal colonialism to be a reactive mechanism to retain British sovereignty. As politics appears limited by nationalism and protectionism, Empire at Home issues a powerful challenge to contemporary politics, demanding that Britain as an imperial structure must end.
“The Empire at Home re-centres coloniality in Britain’s past and present in a way that articulates what so many of us experience as the embodied reality of being in Britain, but so rarely get space to voice: that colonialism and its continued methods of control are the daily norms we are necessarily enmeshed within but are prohibited from naming.” (Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan aka The Brown Hijabi)
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