My research focuses on the intersection youth, race and urban culture. I have recently published ‘Whiteness and loss in Outer East London: tracing the collective memories of diaspora space’ in Ethnic and Racial Studies. This article addresses issues around memory, cultural reproduction and racism in outer Eas London. ‘Nihilism and urban multiculture’ forthcoming Sociological Review  explores contemporary discourses and performances of youth marginalization. The article ‘Negative politics: young people, multiculture and marginalisation in outer East London’ forthcoming Cultural Studies and a book chapter ‘”Scuffed up”: youth politics and struggles against marginalisation’ forthcoming in Youth in Motion redefine understanding of youth politics. I have co-edited a special edition for Ethnic and Racial Studies entitled “New Racisms, New Racial Subjects” which ties together a number of debates in the areas of race and cultural studies. I have also co-written an article, published in darkmatter on the university and neoliberal culture.

Based on my PhD I have signed book deal with Palgrave. The book will be finished December 2014. Entitled New Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Cultural Transformation in a Global City, it provides a detailed analysis on the transformation of urban multiculture in Britain. I also have a co-edited collection forthcoming 2014 with Routledge entitled New racial landscapes, contemporary Britain and the neoliberal conjuncture which explores the interface of everyday culture and race and its intertwining with the current socio-economic system.

Funded by Leverhulme/British Academy, my research going forward addresses shifts in youth politics. It explores the changing lexicons of youth politics and the new digital and virtual sites at which they are performed.



I am interested in supervising research projects exploring: urban culture; ethnicity, race and racism; digital culture; postcolonialism; sound cultures; youth; young masculinities and femininities; youth politics; marginalization; whiteness; memory; migration; and, diaspora formations



Malcolm James is a member of the Runnymede Trust Academic Forum and Associate of the Community Development Foundation. He works with local partners in the London Borough of Newham on youth engagement and civil rights and is currently developing initiatives in this direction with Newham Monitoring Project. He has worked for Y-Care International on Youth Justice, Camden Council on the white working class, Baring Foundation on interculturalism, and CANTERA, Nicaragua on popular education.

Malcolm has published extensively for public audiences. He has two single authored publications on ‘Interculturalism’ with Baring Foundation, a number of publications on faith, cohesion and community development published with Community Development Foundation. He has co-edited with Prof. Claire Alexander a collection of working papers for the prestigious Runnymede Trust Perspectives Series on new directions in ethnic and racial studies, and was the sole author of one of these essays. Finally, he has contributed to Open Democracy and the Guardian on the subjects of youth culture, criminalisation and the 2011 ‘riots’.