Busting the myth of the 'white working class'

phys.org | 9/7/2012 | Staff
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New research led by University of Leeds academics and UK's leading race equality think tank has highlighted growing racial and ethnic diversity in Northern towns and cities.

A policy briefing, prepared by The Runnymede Trust and Leeds' Commission on Diversity in the North, also calls for racial inequalities to be tackled as part of any inclusive economic growth agendas for the North.

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The briefing Class, Race and Inequality in Northern Towns highlights that in political and media narratives the conception of "working-class" is often "white and northern," and tends to ignore significant ethnic minority working class communities that are a feature of many Northern towns.

These include older post-colonial minorities, as well as substantial new migrant groups—both European workers and asylum seekers.

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The exclusive focus on a disaffected "white working class" is particularly true of media coverage and political debates concerning Brexit, says the report, which also analyses racial inequalities in Northern towns and cities relating to education, home ownership and public sector employment.

In the face of hostile national narratives on limiting immigration and rejecting multiculturalism, the report says, it is vital to develop a new, inclusive narrative of a multi-ethnic working class, and on tackling inequalities that affect all working-class people regardless of ethnicity, in the North as elsewhere.

Dr - Roxana - Barbulescu - Commission

Dr. Roxana Barbulescu, who leads the Commission on...
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