Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Papers by keyword: 'equality'

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Expert opinion - equality

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Tuesday 04 September 2007

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Responses to papers relating to equality from Dr Rob Berkley, Dr Chamion Caballero and Sharron Hall.

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Gendering mixed-race - deconstructing mixedness

Dr Suki Ali, London School of Economics and Political Science)

Dr Suki Ali

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Dr Suki Ali, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Tuesday 28 August 2007

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This short paper arises from the workshop of the same title from which this collection comes, in which we presented some of our perspectives on the contemporary interest in mixedness. As such this paper aims to add some thoughts to an ongoing debate about research into mixed-race, and how this is and might be configured by the current debates about mixedness in the UK; this is not an academic paper per se, but draws upon my own research in this area.

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Against the term 'mixed-race'

Linda Bellos, Diversity Solutions)

Linda Bellos

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Linda Bellos, Diversity Solutions

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Tuesday 28 August 2007

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I loath the term 'mixed race' almost as much I as I loath 'half-caste' as a description of who I am or part of who I am. What does 'full-caste' look like, I wonder? What exactly is a 'race' in terms of biology, genetics or societies?

These are some of the questions that arise when a racist society seeks to define individuals in terms of their 'race'.

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Meeting the Educational Needs of Mixed Heritage Pupils: Challenges for Policy and Practice

Leon Tikly, University of Bristol)

Leon Tikly

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Leon Tikly, University of Bristol

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Tuesday 28 August 2007

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The aim of the article is to present evidence concerning the educational needs of mixed heritage pupils and in particular those of White/Black Caribbean origin and to outline the challenges for policy and practice in meeting the needs of these learners. The article draws on and extends the findings of original research (Tikly, Caballero, Haynes and Hill; 2004) which was sponsored by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and is the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind . The article will begin by outlining the evidence relating to the achievement of White/Black Caribbean pupils and the nature of the barriers to achievement facing this group. This will provide a basis for a discussion in the second part of the article about the challenges facing policy makers and practitioners.

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The diversity of the 'mixed' race population in Britain

Miri Song, University of Kent)

Miri Song

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Miri Song, University of Kent

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Tuesday 28 August 2007

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The growth of 'mixed race' people and relationships today makes nonsense out of the idea that there exist distinct, 'natural' 'races' among people in multiethnic societies around the world. The population of the UK is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of ethnicity, race, religion, and national identity. For the first time, the growth in 'mixed race' people was officially recognized by the inclusion of a "mixed" group in the 2001 UK Census, in which about 674,000 people were identified as 'mixed'. Demographers have identified the "mixed" group as one of the fastest growing of all ethnic groups, estimating that by 2010 it will have increased by more than 40 per cent (or by more than 80 per cent by 2020) compared with 2001.

Yet in spite of its growing importance in demographic terms and its entry into 'official' data collection, relatively little is known about the life experiences of so-called 'mixed' people, or how this new population grouping identifies in ethnic and racial terms - information which is crucial for our understandings of cultural diversity and the delivery of culturally competent public services.

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Mixed Heritage: Perspectives On Health And Welfare

Mark R D Johnson, )

Mark R D Johnson

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Mark R D Johnson,

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Monday 27 August 2007

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A mixed society should be a positive society

Graham Suppiah,)

Graham Suppiah

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Graham Suppiah,

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Friday 24 August 2007

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A summary of issues facing mixed-race people/single parents with mixed-race children in today's society.

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Black and Minority Ethnic health inequalities and the 'mixed-race' population

Ayo Bakare, Multiple Heritage Voices)

Ayo Bakare

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Ayo Bakare, Multiple Heritage Voices

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Friday 24 August 2007

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In 2006 I carried out research focusing on the recognition of inequalities in health for Black and Minority Ethnic groups. It specifically focused on if, and how these inequalities will effect the growing mixed race population and the implications this may have on existing health policy. It also explored issues of identity as a critique on existing outdated research, in an effort to gain insight into how mixed race people feel they are perceived ('racially') by society and how they want to be perceived.


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Statistics

Charlie Owen, Thomas Coram Research Unit)

Charlie Owen

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Charlie Owen, Thomas Coram Research Unit

Date posted

Thursday 23 August 2007

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In the 2001 census, one and a quarter percent of all people in England and Wales were of mixed origin: one sixth of the minority ethnic population were of mixed origin. Almost four percent of all under-5s in England and Wales were of mixed origin: one quarter of the minority ethnic population of under-5s were of mixed origin. This is a huge demographic shift in the population. What is most striking is not just the growth of the mixed populations as a percentage of the total population but as a percentage of the minority ethnic population.

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A white woman’s experience of “mixing”

Gill Lawrence, writer)

Gill Lawrence

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Gill Lawrence, writer

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Wednesday 22 August 2007

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If you have grown up in a predominantly white community, suddenly experiencing racism when you have Black friends or lovers can be quite a shock.

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Mixed race - The future’s bright, the future’s blended

Dr Nathalie van Meurs, Middlesex University)

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Dr Nathalie van Meurs, Middlesex University

Date posted

Tuesday 21 August 2007

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This paper uses theory and findings from the field of social psychology to question the usefulness of the concept of 'race'. Scientists agree that differences between races or ethnic groups are clinal (genetically inherited traits gradually change in frequency from one geographic region to another) and not categorical. Then why do we still use racial categories to define people and is mixedness a prime indicator that we need to re-evaluate the concept of race? Furthermore, what is the role of the media and government in this process and what is required to overcome humans natural tendency to differentiate between groups?

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Mixed-race theory for everyone

Dr Jin Haritaworn, Goldsmiths College)

Dr Jin Haritaworn

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Dr Jin Haritaworn, Goldsmiths College

Date posted

Monday 20 August 2007

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What insights does mixed-race theory bear for mixed-race people, our allies, and the professionals who work with us? This paper introduces three lessons which are especially relevant in this time and place.

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Dodging the -ism

Dr Sarita Malik, Brunel University)

Dr Sarita Malik

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Dr Sarita Malik, Brunel University

Date posted

Friday 17 August 2007

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The problematisation of 'mixedness' is reminiscent of the ways in which ethnic 'others' have historically been managed and culturally perceived in the UK. Recent debate has revealed the imbricating threads around the state and status of Britain's growing mixed race population, particularly when those who inhabit it are related to so-called 'disadvantaged' or 'visible' ethnic minority groups. The phrase 'mixed race' is itself often racially coded, typically used to refer to a Black/Asian and White correlation. General representations of 'in-between-ness' are based around themes of cultural divisiveness, uncertainty and conflict. The mixed-race Briton is apparently unable to resolve their different parts into a whole, cohesive identity. This idea of the 'identity-crisis' or 'culture clash', has been a long-running image of young ethnic minorities in Britain, perpetuated in media representations and public discussions for several decades. It functions as a kind of shorthand for understanding what, in fact, is a far more complex and layered place to be.

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Mixed Goals

Leon Mann,)

Leon Mann

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Leon Mann,

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

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A first person perspective on how football and the experiences of mixed race professional footballers offers an insight into the issues facing mixed race people in society.

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Racial Identity - to have or to be

Isabel Adonis, writer)

Isabel Adonis

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Isabel Adonis, writer

Date posted

Monday 13 August 2007

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Erich Fromm distinguishes two kinds of identity, characterized in terms of having and being. The 'having' identity is grounded in the external and material, while the 'being' identity is grounded within the person. I suggest that race is an external identity, and therefore both fragile and divisive.

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First person: Eve Ahmed

Eve Ahmed, freelance journalist)

Eve Ahmed

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Eve Ahmed, freelance journalist

Date posted

Monday 30 July 2007

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When I was growing up, life was bleached white. At all three of my schools - infant's, primary and secondary - there were two or three lonely-looking African Caribbean and Asian girls, while everyone else was definitively pale-skinned. That's what south London was like during the 1970's and 80's. There was no-one else around like me. I was the sole 'beige' person, with a Pakistani dad and an English mum.

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