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Ambiguous Ethnicity : Interracial Families in London - Susan Benson

Ambiguous Ethnicity

Interracial Families in London

Paperback Published: 15th March 1982
ISBN: 9780521297691
Number Of Pages: 184

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In a society where race is a significant component of social identity and exerts an important influence on social relationships, the problems faced by couples who enter into "mixed" marriages are especially difficult. The book is a study of the personal histories and everyday lives of a small number of interracial families living in and around Brixton, south London, in the early 1970s. Dr Benson sets the circumstances that confront these families within the context of wider British attitudes about race, colour and miscegenation as they developed over time. She argues that couples are obliged to make a continual series of choices between "black" and "white" in the course of their everyday lives. Through a discussion of these choices and of the factors which lead individuals to enter into a marriage which could be regarded with some disapproval, the book explores how people in London thought and felt about race, colour and social identity. It will be of interest to all teachers and students studying race relations, as well as to social and community workers, school teachers and administrators concerned with race relations and the inner city.

List of maps and diagrams
Racial intermarriage in England
The pattern of interracial unions in England today
Introducing Brixton and the borough of Lambeth
The social world of Brixton
The dynamics of interracial marriage choice
Coping with opposition: the reactions of family and friends
The construction of a domestic world
The construction of a social universe
Living in a divided community
Parents and children
Concluding remarks
The research project: development and methodology
The calculation of births by parental ethnic origin
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ISBN: 9780521297691
ISBN-10: 0521297699
Series: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 15th March 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.07
Weight (kg): 0.24