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Quality of life in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods
Davies, R., Wilkins, C., Harrison, E., Sibley, E., and Owen, D.
Dublin, Eurofound, (2011)

This is the report of a research project conducted on behalf of Eurofound (the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) by a group of researchers from Cardiff , City and Warwick Universities . The project analysed data from the second European Quality of Life Survey for 10 countries in western Europe, in which the sample sizes from minority ethnic and migrant groups were sufficiently large for analysis. The report focuses on differences between neighbourhoods according to their level of ethnic diversity and covers the topics of deprivation, housing conditions, social exclusion and general well-beiong and also explores the relationship between ethnic diversity and inter-ethnic tension. The report contrasts all ten countries studies and makes extensive use of logistic regression in order to summarise the data. Neighbourhoods which are more diverse tend to be located in cities, and are found to have more youthful populations, higher levels of deprivation, poorer housing conditions (and relatively higher housing costs) and poorer levels of quality of life and social inclusion.

The report can be downloaded from the europa website:



The Use Of and Attitudes Towards Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by People from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups Living in Deprived Areas
David Owen, Anne E. Green, Mike McLeod, Ian Law, Tim Challis and David Wilkinson
July 2003

The Department for Education and Skills has just published the report of a research project undertaken jointly by CRER, the Institute for Employment Research and the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies at the University of Leeds. CRER team members were David Owen and Mike McLeod, assisted by Iftikar Karim. This project was concerned with how people from minority ethnic groups living in disadvantaged areas of the UK access and use Information and Communications Technologies.

The project involved both a national household questionnaire survey (undertaken by MORI on behalf of CRER) and detailed local studies involving qualitative interviews and focus groups conducted in Handsworth, Wolverhampton, Bradford and Leeds.

The report can be downloaded from the DfES website:

Research Brief RB450 (PDF)
Full Report RR450 (PDF)

The report confirms that age is the main determinant of awareness and usage of ICT, but that economic deprivation also affects the use of ICT. People who are not in the labour force or education are least likely to be familar with information technology. Some ethnic groups (e.g. some Asian ethnic groups) emerge as being disadvantaged.


British Muslims and State Policies
Professor Muhammad Anwar and Qadir Bakhsh

This new report assesses persistent failures in the state's engagement with Britain's 1.8 million Muslims. Addressing issues of education, health and social services, national and regional politics and the legal system, the report indicates the ways in which the state's approach to the needs of British Muslims is inadequate and inconsistent, and draws attention to instances of good practice in local governments' work with Muslim communities.

In particular, the report criticises the lack of Muslim representation in national and regional political institutions, the failure of the education system to respond to the needs of Muslim communities, and the state's failure to make religious discrimination unlawful.

Publication year: 2003

ISBN: 0948303999

Blacks and Britannity
Daniele Joly

Featuring original research concerning young African-Caribbeans in Birmingham, this book addresses complex issues of urban violence and insecurity, racism and discrimination, alienation, resistance and social networks. Employing the methodology of sociological intervention developed by Alain Touraine, the book explores the experiences of a group of young people who are simultaneously presumed to be victims and perpetrators of violence. It examines their relationship to this violence, its meanings for and effects upon them, how they constitute themselves as social actors and subjects, and their capacity for action. The book also addresses the fact that ethnic monitoring and multicultural policies place the question of ethnicity on the British social and political agenda alongside issues of racism and discrimination. Exploring both the perceived and personally experienced position of young people within this context, it sheds important new light upon processes of group identification and action.

CONTENTS: Introduction, Daniele Joly; Research in ethnic relations in Great Britain: state of the art today, Cathie Lloyd and Daniele Joly; Ethnicity and labour migrants' mode of settlement; Politics and ethnic minorities, Daniele Joly; Minority ethnic groups in Birmingham, David Owen; Blacks in British society: categorization and ethnicity; Meanings and mechanisms of action; Conclusion, Daniele Joly; Appendices; Bibliography. Professor Daniele Joly is Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick. Copies of the book are available from your usual bookseller or direct from Ashgate.

December 2001 - 184pp

Hardback £39.95

ISBN: 0754611493

From Legislation to Integration?: Race Relations in Britain
edited by Muhammad Anwar, Patrick Roach and Ranjit Sondhi

Britain is now permanently a multi-racial and multicultural society, with a race relations legislative framework. From Legislation to Integration? provides a unique and comprehensive analysis of the contribution made by this legislation to the development of British race relations. The politics of the Race Relations Act 1976, the issues regarding law enforcement and the impact of legislation in British race relations are examined.

Contexualising Britain, the book puts the situation in this country within the European Union framework and compares it with the United States. It also looks to the future and makes relevant suggestions to improve the current legislation. It will appeal to students of social sciences, researchers, policy-makers and professionals in the relevant fields, nationally and internationally.

Contributors to the book include: Lord Lester of Herne Hill, Geoffrey Bindman, Sir Michael Day, Ann Dummett, Dr John Goering, Professor Michael Banton, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Professor Bhikhu Parekh.

Publication year: 2000

ISBN: 0333733169
Available from Macmillan

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