& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Forum: Day 1, Equality
Posted on: 04/09/2007 07:36:00
Posted by: Wildcard User2
We cannot look at 'mixedness' in isolation. How big a part does ‘mixedness’ play in a mixed race individuals’ experiences? How much of that experience is that of an ethnic minority per se? Are other intersections of identity such as gender and class more important than racial categorisations in meeting the needs of those racialised as mixed?

Hamish (Mixedness and Mixing Team)

Posted on: 04/09/2007 11:07:00
Posted by: Wildcard User2
Hamish, I posted a reply to Sarita Malik's paper where I mentioned religion as the elephant in the room for many mixed people, because of it's role in single category definition. For children of mixed religious parentage in particular the official requirement (official in terms of faith rules, parents, families, school records etc etc) is to be 'all of one and not at all the other', however untrue to personal identity formation this may be. Add to this the experience of those whose parents themselves end up contesting their identity and trying to supress 'the other' in their child - Molly/ Misbah is one referred to in the papers -and we have a scenario of other people imposing definitions of identity, not individuals embracing their own. Another another category of mixedness to keep in mind

Posted on: 04/09/2007 11:41:00
Posted by: Hamish Macpherson
Thanks Heather. Religion & belief are certainly an important element of intersectionality for a couple for reasons. As I think you are saying, religion and belief are often more rigid categories than ethnicity (although syncretism shows this isn't always the case). Also there may be a relationship between religious affiliation and likelihood of being in an inter-ethnic marriage (although this needs to be explored further) - i.e. the less religious an ethnic minority is the more likely they are to be in a mixed marriage (there are lots of other factors too of course).

There's also the fact that according to the 2001 census the 'Mixed' group is most likely to say they have no religion.

We'll be touching on mixed faith families tomorrow.

p.s. As several people have been given the same (Wildcard User2) login details for technical reasons, can those affected leave name in their post so we can tell who is saying what! Apologies for any confusion.

Posted on: 04/09/2007 17:01:00
Posted by: Wildcard User2
In such an image-focused society, visible mixedness threads nearly ALL experience. I believe that, over time, once realizes their mixed uniquity which makes them increasingly more of a numerical minority. ALL factors are interwoven. Are we not pursuing a WHOLISTIC identity? -Kahlil