Many welfare states are now struggling to deal with the issues and tensions raised by the growth of minority ethnic populations and increasing ethnic diversity. The fact that most societies in the developed world are now multicultural raises many challenges for policy and for the delivery of welfare services which most states have yet to address, retreating into forms of institutional racism to deny minorities the services they need.
Using the UK as an exemplary case study, this much-needed book combines historical and theoretical approaches to the issue of 'race' and ethnicity within welfare provision, including an examination of how minorities experience welfare in a range of service settings. The book inspires new ways of approaching welfare and social policy, in anticipation of a society that is equal, inclusive, fair and just for all and will make essential reading for students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers
Gary Craig is Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at the University of Durham. He has worked in large-scale community development projects and four other UK universities. His research interests are in social justice, 'race' and ethnicity, local governance and community development and has published widely on the issue of 'race'. His most recent relevant book is Child Slavery Now (Policy Press).
Karl Atkin holds a personal research chair in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. He is a medical sociologist with a particular interest in qualitative research in multi-disciplinary settings. Other interests include the experience of family carers; young people and identity; disability and chronic illness; and ethnicity and social disadvantage. He is executive editor of Ethnicity and Health.
Sangeeta Chattoo is a social anthropologist by background. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York and Associate Editor of the Journal Ethnicity and Heath. Her areas of research and writing include ethnicity and heath; cancer, chronic illness and palliative care; kinship and caring; and biographical and comparative methods of social research.
Ronny Flynn worked as Director of Health and Housing at the Race Equality Foundation in London until retiring in 2010. She was commissioning editor for their series of Better Health and Better Housing briefing papers. Prior to this, she worked at The Open University.
Part I: Introduction;
Introduction ~ Gary Craig, Karl Atkin, Sangeeta Chattoo and Ronny Flynn;
Part II: Theoretical, historical and policy contexts;
Race, ethnicity and social policy: theoretical concepts and the limitations of current approaches to welfare ~ Sangeeta Chattoo and Karl Atkin;
The history and pattern of settlement of the UK’s black and minority ethnic population ~ Gary Craig;
Policy, politics and practice: a historical review and its relevance to current debates ~ Ronny Flynn and Gary Craig;
Part III: ‘Race’, ethnicity and welfare sectors;
Minority ethnic communities and housing: access, experiences and participation ~ Harris Beider and Gina Netto;
Understanding the influence of ethnicity on health ~ Saffron Karlsen, Laia Becares and Marilyn Roth;
Not invited to the party? Black and minority ethnic adults and the personalisation of social care ~ Ossie Stuart;
‘Race’, education and children’s policy ~ Patrice Lawrence;
Minority ethnic groups in the labour market ~ Baljinder Virk;
Poverty and income maintenance ~ Ian Law;
Theorising ‘race’, ethnicity and mental health ~ Frank Keating;
Young people and criminal justice ~ Bankole Cole;
Endnote ~ Karl Atkin, Sangeeta Chattoo, Gary Craig and Ronny Flynn.
"The title of this text belies the far reaching challenge it poses to the discipline, research base and practice of social policy. Its argument that mainstream social policy has consistently marginalised the issue of 'race' and minority ethnic concerns is well founded when judged against the historical record, the evidence base and contemporary shortfalls in policy and practice. This is a deep exploration of the complexities of diversity and difference that speaks to contemporary concerns about substantive citizenship and social justice." Professor Charlotte Williams, OBE, Keele University.
"'Understanding 'race' and ethnicity' provides a much needed and engaging examination of questions of equity and citizenship in health and social welfare. The book is full of accessible insights and empirical examples that breathe life into longstanding and contemporary debates on race and ethnicity. It is vital reading for anyone interested in, or touched by, the significance of care as a profound human value and a relationship." Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths, University of London