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Natives

Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
De : Akala
Lu par : Akala
Durée : 10 h et 5 min
4,8 out of 5 stars (6 notations)

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A searing modern polemic and Sunday Times best seller from the BAFTA- and MOBO-award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala. 

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique audiobook he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. 

Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives will speak directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.

©2018 Akala (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Commentaires

"My book of the year. It's personal, historical, political, and it speaks to where we are now. This is the book I've been waiting for - for years." (Benjamin Zephaniah)

"A history lesson of the kind you should get in school, but don't...This is a searing, thought-provoking book." (Stylist

"A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain." (Independent)

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  • Lamont D
  • 19/09/2018

Interesting in parts, but definitely a mixed bag

I found some of Akala's lectures and conversations on YouTube interesting, so I decided to buy the audiobook and listen to what he had to say in a wider context. As.a.black American, I found some of his insights into his background and racial politics in Great Britain fascinating. Parts of his stories echo things I've experienced or seen over here, while others were completely foreign to me (like the idea of a Pan-African Saturday school). And his stories were interesting, even if I disagreed with a few of his conclusions. So why not five stars? Well, he doesn't lack for confidence and seems to have a general inability to see his part in things. He unequivocally asserts things without taking the effort to walk you through his logic, and by the late stages.of the book he is throwing around 'obvious' so much that it is completely grating. And by the final chapter, he is throwing so many concepts around that he can't give any of them air to breathe or room to provide true insight into things. By the last chapters in the book, I had to force myself to listen to the last few chapters without cringing - and I was relieved it was over. A better editor would have helped tremendously. But despite that, it is an interesting book so I'll give it 4 stars.

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  • Clair
  • 30/07/2020

Insight education

I was blown away by how little I really knew about Slavery and the history of the UK. Thank you for writing this and sharing your experience and knowledge

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21/07/2020

insightful

really interesting perspective, good historical facts mixed with personal expieriences and anecdotes. Felt very modern in it's approach, worth it

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  • channah
  • 24/06/2020

Outstanding

Very approachable and engaging survey of the topic even for a relative beginner such as myself, grounded in no small part by Akala's choice to share some of his personal history and experiences. I'll admit I was initially disappointed when I couldn't find this title in hard copy or Kindle edition <shakes head at US publishers>, but quickly realized it is a gift to hear his words in his own voice. Thanks, Audible!

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  • Stephanie
  • 23/06/2020

Thought-provoking and well researched!

Akala has done an incredible job laying out plainly and clearly the history of some ideas resonant throughout our Western lives. From his personal anecdotes to the vast research employed to create this manuscript, it is a journey with many points of reflection. This is a compelling invitation to navigate one's own ideas of and relationship to state, education, history, and whiteness and offers so much more than that.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24/05/2020

Absolutely brilliant

This book opened my eyes to the untold stories of the other side to black history in the U.K. I lived in London and taught in London school and never once heard these things mentioned in my 10 years of working in a very diverse school in NW10.

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  • Carmen Galloway
  • 22/05/2020

All people should read this book!!!

The book is excellent! Akala is genius! I can't wait for his next MASTERPIECE.

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  • Daniel
  • 19/02/2020

Excellent material

Akala artfully combined historical research with his personal experience growing up in London creating an authentic and educated look at race in the UK. This book is a must recommend, best book I’ve read this year( 1of 6). I cannot wait for the next project to be released. It’s the only book I’ve ever finished and turned over to start again. I really appreciated natives!

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  • nonscelus
  • 19/12/2019

Master Class

As per usual, Akala brings his assertive speech and precision to the review of race and empire. Amazing listen and on-point breakdown of hundreds of years of social and economic history.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16/12/2019

Wonderful read!!

I had no idea about the issues blacks in England faced and how similar they are to the issues we face in America. HIGHLY recommend this audible book!

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 15/06/2020

Powerful, eloquent and enlightening!

A life changing and passionate book that helps us makes sense of modern Britain.