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  • mcincrisis 15:36 on June 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community cohesion, housing, multiculturalism, , schooling, segregation   

    ‘Sleepwalking to segregation’? 

    Stratification and Segregation

    Stratification and Segregation

    by Ludi Simpson

    This text accompanies the podcast produced by this website and downloadable here.

    The talk was given at the ‘Challenging the ‘parallel lives’ myth: race, sociology, statistics and politics’ event held at the London School of Economics, 13th May 2009. It introduces the book, Sleepwalking to Segregation’? Challenging myths about race and immigration by Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson (Policy Press 2009).

    Parts of Holborn are 75% Jewish. Is that true? May be surprised at that. I have told you it so you may believe it. But it depends where you draw the line round those parts. The smaller the parts, the more likely it is that some part has a high proportion of a group. If you draw the boundaries around each person we are all in a ghetto of one, and there are some parts of Holborn, some parts of this room, which will be more than 75% Jewish. (More …)

  • mcincrisis 18:13 on May 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cohesion, , multiculturalism   

    ‘Enjoyed’ listening to to segment on t… 

    ‘Enjoyed’ listening to a segment on the BBC World Service this morning in which there were some ‘representatives’ of the Muslim community and a South African English language teacher informing us that multiculturalism has failed and what we need is more integration. They briefly mentioned that ‘some analysts’ say that socioeconomic factors and racism may have more to do with it but failed to interview anyone representing that stance, preferring to give voice to ‘local people’. How admirable!

  • mcincrisis 15:24 on January 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crisis, , , , multiculturalism, , universalism   

    Questioning the European ‘Crisis of Multiculturalism’ 

    resist-mc“Culture and community are caught in a circular, tautological reasoning… culture is being invoked to solve problems that previously were the province of economics and politics.”
    George Yúdice, The Expediency of Culture (2003: 25)

    The idea that multiculturalism is in crisis is a predominant feature of the post-9/11 world and has become a pronounced aspect of public debate across Western Europe. (More …)

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