Understanding 'race' and ethnicity
Theory, history, policy, practice
- Gary Craig, Karl Atkin, Sangeeta Chattoo, Ronny Flynn
- Paperback, 336 pages, 240 x 172 mm
- 22 Feb 2012
- Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice series
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"'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
"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.
About This Book
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
Author BiographyGary 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 is an independent consultant recently returned from Solomon Islands, where she worked for UNICEF. 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 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.
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