In the last few years, national and international politics have been characterised by the erasure of ‘race’ and ethnicity within public policy and discourse. Events such as the escalation in ‘race’ hate crime associated with the EU Referendum in the UK, the rise of the far right across European polities, or Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall across Mexico, contradict the political rhetoric of the ‘arrival’ of a ‘post-race’ era.
This new edition of a widely-respected textbook examines welfare policy and racism, alongside institutional racism and community cohesion within a broad policy framework. Fully updated, it contains:
•a new foreword by Professor Kate Pickett, acclaimed co-author of The Spirit Level
•two new chapters on ethnicity, disability and chronic illness, and education policy and ‘race’ respectively
•recent changes in black and minority ethnic demographics in the UK
•a post-script from a minority student on her struggle to make a new home in Britain
Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social policy, sociology and applied social sciences, it includes:
•updated empirical data and examples
•links to external sources for further reading
•questions for discussion, reflection and further learning.
Covering an unrivalled range of social welfare issues, the marriage of theory, history and contemporary data makes important and difficult debates about ‘race’, ethnicity, discrimination and social equality more accessible to a student audience as well as policy and welfare practitioners interested in its global themes of immigration, austerity and securitisation.
Sangeeta Chattoo is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences, and Associate Fellow, Science and Technologies Studies Unit, University of York (UK). She previously worked at the University of Western Australia and Leeds University. She has a long standing interest in inequalities and health, race, ethnicity, citizenship and social policy; family, kinship, gender and caring, and specialises in ethnographic and biographical methods. Her recent publications focus on genetics and embodiment of risk, state use of reproductive technologies and global governance of health, with a special focus on India.
Karl Atkin holds a personal research chair in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, where he is also Head of Department. He is a medical sociologist with a particular interest in qualitative research in multi-disciplinary settings. Research interests include the experience of family carers; young people and identity; disability and chronic illness; and ethnicity and social disadvantage.
Gary Craig is Professor of Social Justice Emeritus at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, Honorary Professor at the University of York and Visiting Professor at the Law School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has written very widely about ‘race’ and ethnicity and his other major current research interest is contemporary slavery where he co-convenes the Modern Slavery Research Consortium. He is currently working on books about social justice, organising against racism, and contemporary slavery in the UK.
Ronny Flynn is a retired academic and charity manager, currently living life as a grey nomad. From 2006 to 2010 she worked as Director of Health and Housing at the Race Equality Foundation in London, and was commissioning editor for their series of Better Health and Better Housing briefing papers. Prior to this, she worked at The Open University.
PART 1: Theoretical, historical and policy contexts;
Introduction ~ Gary Craig, Sangeeta Chattoo, Karl Atkin and Ronny Flynn;
‘Race’, ethnicity and social policy: concepts and limitations of current approaches to welfare ~ Sangeeta Chattoo and Karl Atkin;
Migration(s): the history and pattern of settlement of the UK’s Black and minority ethnic population ~ Gary Craig;
Policy, politics and practice: an historical review and its relevance to current debates ~ Ronny Flynn and Gary Craig;
PART 2: ‘Race’, ethnicity and welfare contexts;
Poverty and income maintenance ~ Ian Law and Katy Wright;
Minority ethnic groups in the labour market ~ Baljinder Virk;
Minority ethnic communities and housing ~ Gina Netto and Harris Beider;
Understanding the Influence of Ethnicity on Health ~ Saffron Karlsen, Marilyn Roth, Laia Bécares;
Ethnicity, disability and chronic illness ~ Simon Dyson and Maria Berghs;
Understanding ‘race’, ethnicity and mental health ~ Frank Keating;
UK education policy and the place of ‘race’ ~ Uvanney Maylor;
Young people, ‘race’ and criminal justice ~ Bankole Cole;
Endnote ~ Karl Atkin, Sangeeta Chattoo, Gary Craig and Ronny Flynn;
Post-script ~ Samara Linton.