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Multiculturalism, Social Cohesion and Immigration

Shifting Conceptions in the UK, 1st Edition

Edited by Martin Bulmer, John Solomos


208 pages

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Multiculturalism, Social Cohesion and Immigration brings together original research that addresses key facets of the changing dynamics of race, multiculturalism and immigration in contemporary British society. The various chapters in this volume tackle important social and political issues such as ethnic diversity and segregation, post-race politics, contact and threat hypotheses, national identity, anti-racist mobilisation and whiteness. It provides an important insight into the dynamics of contemporary British society.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.


'The book makes a novel contribution to the ethnic and racial studies. Moreover, it also discloses the need for more theoretical and empirical analysis about immigration both in the UK and in the asylum-accepting countries in the post-Arab Spring era. I advise the book scholars, graduate students and researchers who are interested in ethnicity, immigration and racism.'Ramazan Erdag, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey , Ethnic and Racial Studies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction John Solomos and Martin Bulmer

2. Post-race, post politics: the paradoxical rise of culture after multiculturalism Alana Lentin

3. Ethnic diversity, segregation, and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London Patrick Sturgis, Ian Brunton-Smith, Jouni Kuha and Jonathan Jackson

4. Cricket, drinking and exclusion of British Pakistani Muslims? Thomas Fletcher and Karl Spracklen

5. Reconciling the contact and threat hypotheses: does ethnic diversity strengthen or weaken community inter-ethnic relations? James Laurence

6. Changing claims in context: national identity revisited Frank Bechhofer and David McCrone

7. Whiteness in Scotland: shame, belonging and diversity management in a Glasgow workplace Lani Russell

8. Bringing class back in: class consciousness and solidarity among Chinese migrant workers in Italy and the UK Bin Wu and Hong Liu

9. Immigrant narratives and nation-building in a stateless nation: the case of Italians in post-devolution Wales Marco Giudici

10. Developing an independent anti-racist model for asylum rights organizing in England Tom Vickers

11. 'It's true, I'm English…I'm not lying': essentialized and precarious English identities Charles Leddy-Owen

About the Editors

Martin Bulmer is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK.

John Solomos is Professor of Sociology and Head of Department at the University of Warwick, UK.

About the Series

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General