Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

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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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The Need for a New Mix: Literature and Cultural Representation

Adebe DeRango-Adem, York University Toronto)

Adebe DeRango-Adem

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Adebe DeRango-Adem, York University Toronto

Date posted

Wednesday 29 August 2007

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My academic research has brought me to a problematic theme in the literary tradition: the disappearance of mixed race individuals, who are caught between racial worlds and are represented as neither here nor there, unable to 'survive' conflict, able to exist only when slotted into one racial category or another. My studies in English Literature - as well as literary theory - have brought me to realize that much contemporary Western literature is unable to conceptualize of the mixed race individual who inhabits a 'marginal space' - perhaps because they in fact serve to defy all margins.

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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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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

Date posted

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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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

Date posted

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

Date posted

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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You wouldn’t let it lie

Dr Daniel McNeil, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation and University of Hull)

Dr Daniel McNeil

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Dr Daniel McNeil, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation and University of Hull

Date posted

Tuesday 28 August 2007

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This short paper connects the author's past in England to Donna Bailey Nurse, a contemporary critic in Canada who has made a number of problematic comments about mixed-race people and their relationship to 'authentic Blackness'. It then goes on to discuss a Black Atlantic and the dangers of a mononational approach to 'race' and 'mixed-race'.

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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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'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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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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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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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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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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