chapter  5
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Contextualising a European Critical Race Theory

The previous chapter set out the framework and the general context within which to situate a European CRT. This last chapter will offer a more contextualised reading of how race and law interact in a number of different settings in mainland Europe. According to Goldberg’s The Racial State, just as there is not one single type of racism, there is not one single model of a racial state but many different racial states.1 Hence, in addition to highlighting the common elements of racism and colourblindness in mainland Europe, this chapter situates them in more specific contexts and realities of their respective racial states. At the same time, this will demonstrate what a European CRT model might look like and counter some of the claims made earlier against CRT, which will enable some additional insights into the overlooked or ignored European (legal) context.