Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Papers by keyword: 'young people'

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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

Abstract

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

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Identity Families

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Culture and sport

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

Abstract

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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Education

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,

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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Identity Relationships Families Racism and discrimination Community cohesion

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Health Criminal justice Culture and sport

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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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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Education

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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Criminal justice Culture and sport

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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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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Black and White doesn't do the trick

Toby Laurent Belson, Artist and designer)

Toby Laurent Belson

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Toby Laurent Belson, Artist and designer

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

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Experience of growing up in a mixed West London community with the terms 'Black' and 'White'.

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Education Culture and sport

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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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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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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Identity Relationships Families Racism and discrimination

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Identity, Young People and Integration

Policy and Public Sector Directorate, Commission for Racial Equality)

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Policy and Public Sector Directorate, Commission for Racial Equality

Date posted

Tuesday 17 July 2007

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When the CRE held a seminar earlier this year about young people, identity and integration it didn't take long for the discussion to turn to the mixed-race experience. The aim of the seminar was to bring together researchers and policy makers to discuss current issues relating to identity and integration and consider how an understanding of identity might help address policy problems relating to equality, interaction and participation.

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