International Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Mixedness and Mixing

Edited by Rosalind Edwards, Suki Ali, Chamion Caballero, Miri Song

© 2012 – Routledge

194 pages

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pub: 2012-05-24
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About the Book

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Relationships and Resources

A key contemporary political and intellectual issue is the link between the relationships that people have and the resources to which they have access.  When people share a sense of identity, hold similar values, trust each other and reciprocally do things for each other, this has an impact on the social, political and economic cohesion of the society in which they live.  So, are changes in contemporary society leading to deterioration in the link between relationships and resources, or new and innovative forms of linking, or merely the reproduction of enduring inequalities? Consideration of relationships and resources raises key theoretical and empirical issues around change and continuity over time as well as time use, the consequences of globalisation and individualisation for intimate and broader social relations, and location and space in terms of communities and neighbourhoods.  The books in this series are concerned with elaborating these issues and form a body of work that will contribute to academic and political debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)