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The Ethnic Majority in a Multicultural Society

Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER) Open Seminar Series

Presented by Professor Steve Fenton (University of Bristol, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship).

The term ethnic majority is infrequently used and there is no agreed way for discussing that part of the population, which is not 'ethnic minority'. The majority is differentiated by class and region and, we would expect, by ideological or 'cultural' orientation. This paper will reflect on some uses of the term 'majority' and its equivalents - such as 'whites' in the UK - as well as considering whether this should be regarded as a discursive rather than a substantive category. One way of exploring how 'the majority' view themselves and others is to explore their views of multicultural England/Britain. There have been some quantitative survey data on attitudes to multiculturalism; qualitative material on this is relatively rare. In the empirical part of the paper I will review some qualitative interview material where ethnic majority respondents talk about 'multicultural Britain'.

Speaker: Professor Steve Fenton
Venue: CRER Common Room 0.52-0.53, Ground floor, Social Studies Building, University of Warwick
Date: 22/08/05
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm

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