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JUSTICE AND MORALITY IN THE PLAYS OF HANIF KUREISHI

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This article examines Kureishi’s treatment of the predicament of Britain’s migrant communities and their search for social justice in the context of dominant conceptions of ‘multi-culturalism’ and competing discourses of both racism and separatism. It addresses the challenge posed, both by and within Kureishi’s plays, to the traditional culture and morality of both the ‘host’ society and the ‘communities of origin’ of ‘New Commonwealth’ migrants to Britain. The article considers how far the intention, production and reception of Kureishi’s drama help to bring to the wider community a better understanding of issues of justice and morality, and examines the implications of Kureishi’s decision to work within fringe rather than mainstream theatre, his techniques of characterisation, and his use of drama as a debating tool. Finally, the reception of Kureishi’s plays is considered, both in the dominant culture and by the migrant communities themselves.

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