Violent Ignorance

Confronting Racism and Migration Control

Hannah Jones

Author Bio

Dr Hannah Jones is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. She writes, researches and teaches on racism, belonging and migration, and on critical public sociology. She is lead co-author of Go Home? The politics of immigration controversies (2017), co-editor of Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location (2014), and author of Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change: Uncomfortable Positions in Local Government (2013) winner of the BSA Phillip Abrams Prize for best first book in UK sociology). 

Table of Contents

1 More in common
2 Puncturing violent ignorance
3 Normal violence
4 Enduring crisis
5 Haunting families
6 Bystanders
7 Manifesto


A powerful, lyrical and very timely demand to confront difficult truths about past and present. Violent Ignorance is a brilliant demonstration of how to harness sociology to the pursuit of justice, that will inspire scholars and activists alike.
- William Davies, author of The Happiness Industry and Nervous States.

In our time of coordinated undermining of thoughtfulness, Hannah Jones reminds us of what is at stake when we turn away and do not care to know. Ranging across varieties of careless violence, this is a work that pushes us to reclaim humanness as connection and intimacy, because otherwise pretended ignorance may destroy us all.
- Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya, University of East London

To call this a wakeup call might imply that society slumbers in innocence. More accurately, in Violent Ignorance, Hannah Jones makes an emergency citizen’s arrest. In this urgent analysis and prosecution of our times, Jones demonstrates how the evils of the world don’t just happen and there is nothing natural nor inevitable about man’s inhumanity to man. Violent Ignorance should be required reading for all those in power and an essential text for those seeking to take and share it.
- Shami Chakrabarti


Publication Date: 28 January 2021
272 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781786998637
Hardback: 9781786998620
eBook ePub: 9781786998590
eBook Kindle: 9781786998606

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