Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

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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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It’s time for foundation

Sharron Hall, Intermix)

Sharron Hall

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Sharron Hall, Intermix

Date posted

Friday 24 August 2007

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As a working class mixed-race woman I do not see the mixed-race experience from an academic's view. Instead I live it, feel it, am hurt and comforted by it.

Ten years ago the term mixed-race wasn't even in general UK circulation, white mothers were being advised to tell their mixed-race children they were black and the idea of a mixed-race identity and history were dreams to people like me and nightmares to those who wanted to keep the races pure.

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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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Community through Diversity: Mixed-Race Identity Online

Veli Aghdiran, The Runnymede Trust)

Veli Aghdiran

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Veli Aghdiran, The Runnymede Trust

Date posted

Friday 17 August 2007

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A look at how mixed-race online groups are pushing the notion of community in a fresh direction, and the positive repercussions this might have.

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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 people in advertising

Emma Dabiri,)

Emma Dabiri

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Emma Dabiri,

Date posted

Wednesday 15 August 2007

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"London is the home of most of the advertising industry. 20 per cent of the population is from an ethnic minority background but only 4.5 per cent of people in advertising agencies are from ethnic minorities, and the majority of them are in support disciplines such as IT and accounts departments," says Jonathan Mildenhall (joint managing director of TBWA, co-chair of the IPA's Ethnic Diversity Committee, who is himself mixed-race). In some agencies, the lack of black executives is so acute that it is not unknown for them to scurry out and hire one or two black recruits if they win an account with an ethnic target market."There aren't enough people from ethnic minorities in advertising," agrees Stephen Woodford, president of the IPA. "We need to address this for both moral and pragmatic reasons."

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A mixed-race experience

Bradley Lincoln, Multiple Heritage Project)

Bradley Lincoln

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Bradley Lincoln, Multiple Heritage Project

Date posted

Wednesday 15 August 2007

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I am 37 year-old man living in Manchester. A son, a brother an uncle and I love reggae music. I have worked in education for the past 15 years and currently manage the Multiple Heritage Project. Who I am is made up of lots of different things and shifts depending on the context and what questions I am being asked. Some things people find quirky about me, my liking for brown shoes is just one. My racial identity is also something of a talking-point to people. I self-identify as mixed race, not black. Not confused, not caught between cultures, not a marginal man. I am me. But getting to know me wasn't easy!

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The mixed race population and enjoying art and culture

Hassan Mahamdallie, Arts Council England)

Hassan Mahamdallie

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Hassan Mahamdallie, Arts Council England

Date posted

Tuesday 14 August 2007

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Knowing that someone is of a mixed race background can only be the start of being able to understand who they are and their true potential.

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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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