Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Papers by keyword: 'older people'

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Not Black Enough

Lin King,)

Lin King

Author

Lin King,

Date posted

Friday 31 August 2007

Abstract

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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Identity Families Racism and discrimination

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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

Abstract

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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Young people

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Identity Racism and discrimination

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Enigmatic or enriched?

Tod O'Brien, )

Tod O'Brien

Author

Tod O'Brien,

Date posted

Monday 20 August 2007

Abstract

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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Identity Relationships Families Racism and discrimination Community cohesion

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Criminal justice

Mixed Goals

Leon Mann,)

Leon Mann

Author

Leon Mann,

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

Abstract

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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Young people

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Identity

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Culture and sport

The elephant in the room

Tanya Datta, BBC)

Tanya Datta

Author

Tanya Datta, BBC

Date posted

Wednesday 15 August 2007

Abstract

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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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

Abstract

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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Young people

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Identity Relationships Families

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Culture and sport