People from a ‘mixed’ or ‘inter’ racial and ethnic background, and people partnering and parenting across different racial and ethnic backgrounds, are of increasing political, public and intellectual interest internationally. Contributors to this interdisciplinary collection interrogate notions of mixedness and mixing, and challenge stereotypical assumptions. They advance debates in the field through illuminating the complexity of specific historical trajectories, administrative practices and lived experience.
Recurrent themes woven throughout the chapters include:
- boundaries and categorisation in terms of administration and government, and also of lived experience
- the explicit and implicit politics of mixedness and mixing in terms of nation state interests, agenda and policies, as well as ‘on the ground’ social relations
- the ways that mixedness and mixing shift in meaning and implications across time and place, shaped by different national, regional and or local contexts.
This volume shows that who is and is not ‘mixed’ is contested and understandings of mixedness and mixing, however conceived, need to be situated in the larger complex of ideas about race and its classification. International Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Mixedness and Mixing is an invaluable book for students and scholars of race and ethnicity.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Mixedness and Mixing Rosalind Edwards, Miri Song, Chamion Caballero and Suki Ali 2. Multiraciality and Census Classification in Global Perspective Ann Morning 3. Mixed-race Across Time and Place – Contrasting the UK and Australia Ilan Katz 4. From ‘Draughtboard Alley’ to ‘Brown Britain’: The ‘Ordinariness’ of Racial Mixing and Mixedness in British Society Chamion Caballero 5. When Ethnicity Became an Important Family Issue: The Case of Slovenian Istria Mateja Sedmak 6. Constructing Multiraciality in US Families and Neighbourhoods Steven R. Holloway, Richard Wright and Mark Ellis 7. Finding Value on a Council Estate: Voices of White Mothers of Mixed-Race Children in St Anns, Nottingham Lisa McKenzie 8. A Descriptive Account of Those Self-Identifying as of Mixed Ethnicity in Great Britain Lucinda Platt 9. ‘Mixed race’ Young People’s Differential Responses to Misrecognition in Britain Miri Song and Peter Aspinall 10. How National Context Shapes International Comparison of ‘Mixed’ People: The Example of German, French and British Large-Scale Survey Datasets Anne Unterreiner 11. Notes on Mixed Race Methodologies: A Critical Auto-Analysis of the Research Process in A Qualitative Mixed Race Study Minelle Mahtani 12. Situating Mixed Race Politics Suki Ali
Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK.
Suki Ali is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics, UK.
Chamion Caballero is Senior Research Fellow at London South Bank University, UK.
Miri Song is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, UK.