Is racial mismatch a problem for young ‘mixed race’ people in Britain? The findings of qualitative research.

Song, M. and Aspinall, P.J. (2012) Is racial mismatch a problem for young ‘mixed race’ people in Britain? The findings of qualitative research. Ethnicities, 12 (6). pp. 730-753. ISSN 1468-7968. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Recent evidence concerning the racial identifications of ‘mixed race’ people suggests growing latitude in how they may identify. In this article, we examine whether mixed race young people believe that their chosen identifications are validated by others, and how they respond to others’ racial perceptions of them. While existing studies tend to assume that a disjuncture between self-identification and others’ perceptions of them is problematic, this was not necessarily the case among our respondents. While a racial mismatch between expressed and observed identifications was a common experience for these individuals, they varied considerably in terms of how they responded to such occurrences, so that they could feel: (1) misrecognized (and there were differential bases and experiences of misrecognition); (2) positive about the mismatch; or (3) indifferent to how others racially categorized them in their day-to-day interactions. Some differences in responses to such mismatch emerged among disparate types of mixed people. This study also found that we need to consider national identity, and other forms of belonging, in making sense of the diverse and often multilayered identifications and experiences of mixed race young people in Britain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: racial mismatch, mixed race, multiracial, misrecognition, British, national identity, phenotype, identification
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2012 08:36
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2013 11:39
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30073 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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