Unsettling intersectional identities: historicizing embodied boundaries and border crossings

Posted in Articles, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Passing on 2017-07-13 01:34Z by Steven

Unsettling intersectional identities: historicizing embodied boundaries and border crossings

Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume 40, Issue 8 (2017)
pages 1312-1319
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1303171

Ann Phoenix, Professor of Psychosocial Studies
University College London, United Kingdom

At a time when the pace of global change has led to unprecedented shifts in, and unsettling of, identities, Brubaker brings “trans/gender” and “trans/racial” creatively into conversation to theorize the historical location of identity claims and to examine the question of whether identities are optional, self-consciously chosen and subject to political claims rather than biologically pre-given. His main argument is that the distinction between sex and gender allows us to construct gender identity as personal, individual and separate from the (biologically) sexed body. In contrast, other people always have a stake in allowing or challenging identity claims to racial identity. Brubaker’s argument is persuasive. However, he treats both race and sex/gender as solipsistic and neglects the wider social context that has produced the conditions of possibility for the entrenched differences he records. An intersectional approach would have deepened his discussion of the place of categories in “trans” arguments.

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Researching ethnicity, identity and ‘mixed-race’

Posted in Articles, Communications/Media Studies, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Social Science, United Kingdom on 2013-04-24 01:33Z by Steven

Researching ethnicity, identity and ‘mixed-race’

Social Science Research: Discussing Methods and Resources
The British Library

This post discusses our latest Myths and Realities event on ethnicity, identity and ‘mixed-race’ and points readers in the direction of some relevant British Library collections.

On the evening of 13 November we hosted our latest Myths and Realities event (in partnership with the Academy of Social Science) on ‘Our ethnicity and identity – what does it all mean?’ Speakers Professor Miri Song and Professor Ann Phoenix spoke about how we think about our ethnic identity, and how the meanings we attach to this identity can change across time, space and social context. The event was chaired by Rania Hafez of Muslim Women in Education.

Ann Phoenix’s talk entitled ‘Why are ‘race’ and ethnicity crucial to identities and social lives, but not central?’ explored how debates about multiculturalism have produced contradictory ways of thinking about ‘race’, ethnicity and identities. Miri Song’s title was ‘Does the growth of ‘mixed race’ people signal the declining significance of ‘race’?’. Here she examined what is signalled by the growth in interracial partnerships and of ‘mixed’ people…

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Mixed heritage voices – Multiple identities, varied experiences, diverse views

Posted in Forthcoming Media, Live Events, Social Work, United Kingdom on 2012-05-18 15:30Z by Steven

Mixed heritage voices – Multiple identities, varied experiences, diverse views

British Association for Adoption & Fostering
Woburn House Conference Centre
20 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9HQ
2012-11-29, 10:00-16:00Z

One in ten people in the UK define themselves as mixed heritage, and it seems that young people think it is ‘cool’ to be ‘mixed’. But what meaning do young people and their families give to their mixed heritage identities and how do these identities develop in mixed adoptive and foster care families?

The profiles of children in ‘Be My Parent’ (BAAF’s family finding service) and the Adoption Register demonstrate the multiple and complex ethnicities of children waiting for placements and this brings challenges to practitioners making decisions for mixed heritage children in the public care system. There are also challenges for adoptive parents and foster carers who need to value and promote the child’s heritage and help them achieve a positive identity, alongside an ability to cope with racism to make their way in the world.

This conference will bring together mixed heritage young people, families and researchers to share their experiences and perspectives on identity, and will look at the implications of these issues for practice.


  • to understand the experiences of mixed heritage children, young people and their families
  • to identify how adoptive parents and foster carers might help their mixed heritage child develop their identities
  • to explore how practitioners can make better decisions for mixed heritage children in the public care system

Chair & Speakers

  • Professor Ann Phoenix, Co-Director, Thomas Coram, Research Unit (Invited)
  • Dr. Suki Ali, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics
  • Dr. Vicki Harman, Lecturer, Centre for Criminology & Sociology, University of Royal Holloway
  • Dr. Daniel McNeil, Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Dr. Fiona Peters, Consultant Perspectives from Adoptive Parents & Foster Carers, Sheffield City Council

Who should attend

Children’s services social workers and managers, family placement practitioners, independent reviewing officers, decision-makers, panel members, health and education professionals, youth services, CAFCASS children’s guardians, social work students, adopted adults, adoptive parents and foster carers.

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Black, White or Mixed Race? Race and Racism in the Lives of Young People of Mixed Parentage, 2nd Edition

Posted in Books, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Monographs, Social Science, United Kingdom, United States on 2009-10-21 04:09Z by Steven

Black, White or Mixed Race? Race and Racism in the Lives of Young People of Mixed Parentage, 2nd Edition

Routledge an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group
272 pages
ISBN: 978-0-415-25982-8 Binding: Paperback (also available in Hardback)
Trim Size: 216 x 138

Ann Phoenix, Professor and Co-Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit
University of London, Institute of Education

Barbara Tizard, Professor Emeritus
University of London, Institute of Education

The number of people in racially mixed relationships has grown steadily over the last thirty years, yet these people often feel stigmatised and unhappy about their identities.

The first edition of Black, White or Mixed Race? was a ground-breaking study: this revised edition uses new literature to consider what is now known about racialised identities and changes in the official use of ‘mixed’ categories. All new developments are placed in a historical framework and in the context of up-to-date literature on mixed parentage in Britain and the USA.

Based on research with young people from a range of social backgrounds the book examines their attitudes to black and white people; their identity; their cultural origins; their friendships; their experiences of racism. This was the first study to concentrate on adolescents of black and white parentage and it continues to provide unique insights into their identities. It is a valuable resource for all those concerned with social work and policy.

Table of Contents

  1. Setting the Scene
  2. People of Mixed Black and White Parentage in Britain: A Brief History
  3. Identity and Mixed Parentage: Theory, Policy and Research
  4. The ‘Transracial Adoption’/’same race’ Placement Debate
  5. How the Research Was Carried Out
  6. The Radicalised Identities of Young People of Mixed Parentage Today
  7. Friendships and Allegiances
  8. Experiencing Racism
  9. Dealing with Racism
  10. Some Parents’ Accounts
  11. But What About the Children? An Overview, With Some Comments
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