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Reviews and discussions of the book
Wasafiri Spring 2009
‘full of facts and figures, which are balanced by touching anecdotes and stories of repression and state oppression … it is a book that has to be read … by anyone interested in making sense of the world today.’ – Tabish Khair
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Feb 2009
‘Concisely written, passionately argued and detailed … part of a much-needed critical academia.’ – Sofia Hamaz
Translocations Winter 2008
‘Academics teaching immigration, race and ethnicity will find this book invaluable. It is packed with information, coherently and passionately written, devoid of any postmodern jargon, and, above all else, always politically acute and committed, in the spirit of Zygmunt Bauman’s insistence that good sociology is always engaged sociology.’ – Ronit Lentin
Ethnic and Racial Studies November 2008
‘Twelve chapters written in accessible language provide a comprehensive approach to integration versus assimilation, multiculturalism, migration/asylum policy, anti-Muslim racism, state racism and the “war on terror”. Kundnani’s method is rare and will be useful to both students and activists.’ – Christopher Kyriakides
Variant Review No. 32 Summer 2008
‘The task that Kundnani sets himself is to guide us through the many contributory factors to 21st-century British racism, to show how old arguments are given new articulation, how, in the process, racism becomes more, not less institutionalised … Most significantly, and most damningly, he examines rigorously the contribution made by government.’ – Daniel Jewesbury
Guardian Review 22 March 2008
‘As Britain battens down the hatches ever further against imaginary “floods" of outsiders, and bien-pensant voices claim in sorrowful tones that “multiculturalism has gone too far", it might be worth remembering how we got here. That is Kundnani's project …  Kundnani icily relates the Kafkaesque absurdities of rejected asylum cases, as well as case studies of biased policing and grossly inflammatory statements by politicians. His sarcasm is finely honed.’ – Steven Poole
New Statesman Books of the Year 2007
‘In The End of Tolerance (Pluto), Arun Kundnani provides a detailed and well-researched account of the rise of anti-Muslim racism in Britain. Kundnani's chilling conclusion is that racism has become integral to British political discourse, with routine demonisation of refugees, immigrants and Muslims.’ – Ziauddin Sardar
Middle East Panorama 28 November 2007
Listen to Arun Kundnani talking about the book with Nadim Mahjoub of Resonance FM.
Colorlines November–December 2007
‘Kundnani’s valuable overview provides much grist for recognising the roots of issues of race in the U.S. today.’ –
Aziz Huq
Muslim News 26 October 2007
‘In a world of powerful media spin, blind prejudices and historical amnesia, the book serves as an incisive exposé of an old demon that is still very much lurking in our midst.’
– Ala Abbas
Independent 1 October 2007
‘Read Arun Kundani’s just-published, searing book, The End of Tolerance: Racism in the 21st Century (Pluto Press). Racism never passed away. It just became acceptable when globalisation incited an unprecedented movement of the people, and some villainous Muslims blew themselves up in the US and Europe. These two simultaneous occurrences have lethally wounded anti-racist, internationalist politics.’ –
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Red Pepper October 2007
‘Arun Kundnani’s book could not be more timely. And perhaps no one in Britain is better placed to write it … Kundnani has a talent to transform a familiar narrative into something memorable and new… Kundnani’s book is the first to have given the racism of our times the attention it deserves.’ –
David Renton
Socialist Review September 2007
‘a brilliant new book’ –
Hsiao-Hung Pai
Morning Star 26 August 2007
‘a vitally engaging text devoid of pretentiousness and academicism, it is a book for the bus, the train, the workplace break, as well as for quiet study’ –
Chris Searle
emel magazine August 2007
‘In his challenging new book, Arun Kundnani identifies the two major targets of the 21st century’s “new racism”: Muslims and asylum seekers. Both communities have faced demonisation as a result of complex factors largely outside of their control.’ –
Khadijah Elshayyal
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