What happens after segmented assimilation? An exploration of intermarriage and 'mixed race' young people in Britain

Song, Miri (2010) What happens after segmented assimilation? An exploration of intermarriage and 'mixed race' young people in Britain. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33 (7). pp. 1194-1213. ISSN 0141-9870. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/01419871003625271) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Theorizing on segmented assimilation has usefully spurred debate about the experiences and positions of the second generation in the US and, more recently, Europe. This theory has focused primarily on how young people fare in secondary school and the crucial role that families and ethnic social networks can play in supporting second-generation individuals. But what happens when young people leave home and enter into mainstream higher education institutions? Theorizing on segmented assimilation does not address either the implications of intermarriage for integration and upward mobility or how we should conceptualize the experiences of the growing numbers of 'mixed race' individuals. In this paper, I first consider the question of whether intermarriage is linked with upward mobility in the British context. I then explore the racial identifications and experiences of disparate types of mixed race young people in Britain. How do such young people identify themselves, and what may their identifications reveal about their sense of belonging in Britain? © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Special Issue: Theorising Integration and Assimilation
Uncontrolled keywords: Britain, Integration, Intermarriage, Mixed race, Segmented assimilation, Young people, acculturation, ethnicity, marriage, social network, social theory, theoretical study, young population, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 14:38 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 09:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37843 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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