Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Papers by keyword: 'families'

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Judgement of Solomon

Savita De Sousa & John Simmonds, British Association for Adoption and Fostering

Savita De Sousa & John Simmonds

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Monday 03 September 2007

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The title of this paper comes from the story of King Solomon, who made a judgement in the case of two women who came to see him carrying a dead baby and a living one with each claiming the living child as her own. Solomon ordered that the living child be cut in two and that half be given to each mother. When one woman gave up her claim rather than see the child killed, Solomon at once recognised her as the true mother. This powerful story is indicative of the kind of judgement that social workers are often in the position of making when deciding which family to place a 'looked after' child with, including those of mixed heritage.

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First person: Amanda Hussain

Amanda Hussain, Journalist and broadcaster)

Amanda Hussain

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Amanda Hussain, Journalist and broadcaster

Date posted

Monday 03 September 2007

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I'm a broadcaster and live in Winchester, Hampshire, with my husband Ian, a film publicist, and our five-year-old daughter, Lola. I'm used to describing myself as mixed race and yet a friend recently picked me upon it and argued that we should now be saying 'dual heritage' instead.

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Not Black Enough

Lin King,)

Lin King

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Lin King,

Date posted

Friday 31 August 2007

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I was born in 1949 to a white woman and a black father. I was put into care from birth. I do not think that this was unusual at the time. Although I do not know of any research to substantiate this, I believe the pressure on white women to give mixed race babies up existed at that time. The pressure may still exist, as the care system today, is full of mixed race, hard to place children.

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Thai-British Families: Towards a deeper understanding of 'mixedness'

Jessica Mai Sims, The Runnymede Trust)

Jessica Mai Sims

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Jessica Mai Sims, The Runnymede Trust

Date posted

Wednesday 29 August 2007

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Little Britain's characters Ting Tong Macadangdang and her White British husband Dudley, have become the most famous Thai-White British relationship in British media. This sketch, along with press coverage of Thai women migrating to Britain, have set the standard profile of the life of a Thai woman in Britain, not as a woman, or someone of Thai ethnicity, but as a 'Thai Bride' found on the internet through dating agencies.

This article will explore the challenges Thai-White British relationships face, the strategies couples employ to confront stereotypes and the implications of the lack of positive images of Thai culture and mixed Thai relationships for Thai and mixed Thai/British young people. The following case presented here of both mixed Thai-White British families and mixed Thai/White British people will endeavour to present a deeper understanding on the meaning of 'mixing' and 'mixedness' for Britain.

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Assimilation and mixed-race populations

Dr D. Emily Hicks, San Diego State University)

Dr D. Emily Hicks

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Dr D. Emily Hicks, San Diego State University

Date posted

Wednesday 29 August 2007

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A personal reflection on mixed ancestry in relation to the Melungeons and hip hop.

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People in harmony

Jill Olumide, People in Harmony)

Jill Olumide

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Jill Olumide, People in Harmony

Date posted

Tuesday 28 August 2007

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People in Harmony is a charity that has been active for some 35 years. It was formed as a self help group to offer a refuge to mixed race families and mixed race people from the onslaught of the politics of the time (the heyday of Enoch Powell) when the race card was often played with reference to the perceived unnatural and inappropriate (if not distasteful) practise and outcomes of race mixing.


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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,

Date posted

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,

Date posted

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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'Mixed' families: assumptions and new approaches

Dr Chamion Caballero, London South Bank University)

Dr Chamion Caballero

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Dr Chamion Caballero, London South Bank University

Date posted

Friday 24 August 2007

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Couples from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and their 'mixed' children are increasingly visible in the public eye. Though Britain has long been host to mixed relationships and population groups, since the 1990s there has been a noticeable public interest in those who are part of, or a product of, mixed relationships; what has been dubbed 'Beige' or 'Brown Britain'.

However, while more and more is known about those who identify themselves as belonging to the group the Census has called 'Mixed', parents of mixed children in Britain continue to be subject to longstanding assumptions and stereotypes, ones which often presume their racial, ethnic and socioeconomic profiles, their inability to raise their children with healthy racialised identities or the hypersexual nature of their marriage or relationship.

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Enigmatic or enriched?

Tod O'Brien, )

Tod O'Brien

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Tod O'Brien,

Date posted

Monday 20 August 2007

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Personal experience of being a mixed heritage, British-born person. The paper emphasises the need for integration through the recruitment, retention and progression of Black and Minority Ethnic people into the policy making institutions of society to create an ethical and leveraging of diversity for the benefit of all.

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On being mixed race

Sir Keith Ajegbo, consultant)

Sir Keith Ajegbo

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Sir Keith Ajegbo, consultant

Date posted

Saturday 18 August 2007

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This is a personal reflection on being mixed race and what I see as the issues for mixed race children now. It is based on being a headteacher in inner London for many years and working with mixed race students. It is not based on researched evidence.

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Ethnic Intermarriage: Love is not enough

Bina Radia-Bond, University of London)

Bina Radia-Bond

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Bina Radia-Bond, University of London

Date posted

Saturday 18 August 2007

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Mixed relationships are indubitably a rising global trend. Britain has the highest rate in Europe. This should not, however, be taken as a utopian move towards the romantic blurring of ethnic boundaries: the majority of people are still most comfortable with a partner who shares their cultural background and social history.

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Identifications and cultural practices of mixed-heritage youth

Prof Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey)

Prof Martyn Barrett

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Prof Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

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This paper summarises findings from a research study which investigated how 11- to 17-year-old mixed-heritage adolescents living in London negotiate the demands of living with multiple cultures. The study also explored how these adolescents construe themselves in terms of race, ethnicity and nationality. It was found that these individuals had multiple identifications which were subjectively salient to them, and that they were very adept at managing their various identities in different situations. There was no evidence of a sense of marginality, or of being 'caught between two cultures', and there was no difference in the strength of British identification exhibited by these mixed-heritage adolescents and white English adolescents of the same age. However, the identities and cultural practices of the mixed-heritage adolescents were fluid and context-dependent, and they appreciated the advantages of being able to negotiate and interact with multiple ethnic worlds.

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Mixed Race and Mixed Families in Britain: The Case of Growing up in a Mixed Faith Family

Dr Elisabeth Arweck, University of Warwick)

Dr Elisabeth Arweck

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Dr Elisabeth Arweck, University of Warwick

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

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The present contribution presents a research project which is currently underway at the University of Warwick. It is concerned with the religious identity formation of young people who grow up in mixed faith families. The paper embeds the issues involved in the wider context of 'mixedness', communities, and cohesion.

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The elephant in the room

Tanya Datta, BBC)

Tanya Datta

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Tanya Datta, BBC

Date posted

Wednesday 15 August 2007

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Last year, journalist Tanya Datta made a documentary called 'The Last Taboo' for BBC Radio 4. In the programme, she explored inter-racial romance between Asian and African-Caribbean people and why it can often spark fierce opposition.

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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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Identity as relationship

Bob Macintosh, amateur philosopher and charity worker)

Bob Macintosh

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Bob Macintosh, amateur philosopher and charity worker

Date posted

Thursday 09 August 2007

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A personal reflection on being white in a mixed race family.

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Learning about racism

Sue Funge, founder of the Starlight Black Child Mixed Heritage group)

Sue Funge

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Sue Funge, founder of the Starlight Black Child Mixed Heritage group

Date posted

Monday 06 August 2007

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The personal journey of a white mum, Sue Funge, bringing up Rory, her black son of mixed heritage.

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Mixed Race Britain - Through My Eyes

Rory Campbell, twenty-three years old with a keen interest in black history)

Rory Campbell

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Rory Campbell, twenty-three years old with a keen interest in black history

Date posted

Monday 06 August 2007

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I am Rory Campbell. My mother is white and my father is black. I don't remember ever meeting my father and have been raised by my mother my whole life. I don't feel I have ever had a positive black role model but my mum always tried to make me aware of my black history and I feel that this helped me to form the belief that all people are equal and anyone who thinks otherwise is just wrong.

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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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