At a time in which race lies at the heart of so much public debate, Talking Race in Young Adulthood comes at an important moment.
Drawing on ethnographic research with young adults in Manchester, Harries engages with ideas of the post-racial to explore how young adults make sense of their identities, relationships and new forms of racism, consequently revealing how and in what ways race remains a salient dimension of social experience. Indeed, this book presents news ways of thinking about how we live with difference, as Harries analyses the relationship between racism, generational identities and the spatial configurations of a city.
Offering a distinct contribution to the sociology of race, this book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in fields such as Race and Ethnicity, Urban Sociology, Human Geography, Youth Studies, Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology.
Table of Contents
Chapter one – Introduction
Chapter two – The Conflicted City
The multi-layered city
The ‘Other’ side of the city
Gorton, Longsight and Moss Side
Beyond the city
Chapter three - The imaginings of a ‘post-racial’ generation
A ‘post-racial’ generation?
The myth of sameness and the fantasy of non-racism
Other times and ‘Othered’ places
Mixing ≠ multiculture
Chapter four – Anticipating race: Race and the recognition of difference in encounters with diversity
Expectations of difference
No difference here
Contrasted spaces: encountering the white working class
Comfortable conceptions of difference
Proximities to difference
Learned encounters: the "unspoken code"
Chapter five – Going against the grain: resistance to identifications and the claim for multiple subjectivities
Starting from the point of misrecognition
White working-class identities
Being ‘different’ and undermining identities of difference
Reworking the label: claiming a multi-faceted identity
"I am not who I am supposed to be"
Chapter six – When is racism?
The problem of racism
Racism and the weight of categorisation
Social mixing: an inadequate counter to racism
Naming racism, naming racists
Chapter seven – Conclusion
Bethan Harries is a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK.
In this lively study of young adults, race and everyday multiculture Bethan Harries explores how new generations learn to live with difference. What is produced is a vibrant, engaging and ultimately hopeful study of modern day multicultural living. Stitching together rich narrative accounts from young adults, the author highlights how new generations talk about race and, in many cases, might work towards a post-racial future in which race is no longer a primary marker of difference. Critical of governmental approaches to integration and cohesion, Talking Race offers a far more compelling and enriching account of generational change, difference and urban conviviality.
Anoop Nayak, Professor of Social & Cultural Geography, Newcastle Unviersity, UK
Britain’s cities are more racially, ethnically, religiously and socially diverse than ever before and are the locus of both entrenched forms of inequality and hostility and post-racial conviviality. Talking Race provides an important intervention into theories of postrace, urban space and micro-encounters as they are lived and contested at the level of the everyday. It explores the complex terrain of negotiating race through the discourses of young adults, treading an empirically rich and theoretically nuanced path through the ambivalences, tensions and possibilities of contemporary urban multiculture.
Claire Alexander, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester, UK