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Academic Papers

Many academics have discussed the mixed-race experience and as a way to keep the discussions going we have brought many of the papers together here on Intermix. Some of these papers are also listed on our forums where you can leave your comments. There is a link to each forum entry at the end of each paper.

'A Socio-Genetic Experiment': Hip Hop and the 'Mixed-Race' Experience
This article explores some of the lyrics about the ‘mixed-race’ experience in Hip Hop. It does not aim to provide an exhaustive list of songs which have engaged with issues of ‘mixed-race,’ but to serve as an introduction. The article is borne out of my longstanding interest in Hip Hop, and much of the research involved me consulting my ever-growing record collection, and songs which have come to my attention over the years. More...

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Dr Chamion Cabellero 'Mixed' families: Assumptions And New Approaches
Dr Chamion Cabellero

Though Britain has long been host to mixed relationships and population groups, since the 1990s there has been a noticeable public interest in those who are part of, or a product of, mixed relationships; what has been dubbed 'Beige' or 'Brown Britain'. More...
Dr Miri Song The Diversity Of 'The' Mixed-Race Population In Britain
Dr Miri Song

The growth of 'mixed race' people and relationships today makes nonsense out of the idea that there exist distinct, 'natural' 'races' among people in multiethnic societies around the world. More...
Emma Dabiri Mixed-Race People In Advertising
Emma Dabiri

London is the home of most of the advertising industry. 20 per cent of the population is [from an ethnic minority background] but only 4.5 per cent of people in advertising agencies are from ethnic minorities. More...
Hassan Mahamdallie The Mixed-Race Population And Enjoying Art And Culture
Hassan Mahamdallie

As with all humanity a mixed race person may be any combination - you may be rich, you may be poor, you may be regarded as beautiful or ugly, you may be a wonderful musician or you may be tone deaf, love opera or punk. More...
You Wouldn’t Let It Lie
Dr Daniel McNeil

I am old enough to remember nasty little labels like "half-caste" being tossed around British streets and screens during the 1980s and 90s. On the other hand, I am also able to indulge in fits of nostalgia about popular British catchphrases like "you wouldn't let it lie". More...
Judgement Of Solomon
Savita De Sousa & John Simmonds

The title of this paper comes from the story of King Solomon, who made a judgement in the case of two women who came to see him carrying a dead baby and a living one with each claiming the living child as her own. More...
Prof Martyn Barrett Identifications and Cultural Practices of Mixed-Heritage Youth
Prof Martyn Barrett

In this paper, we report findings from a research project which explored how British Bangladeshi and mixed-heritage adolescents living in London negotiate the demands of living with multiple cultures. More...
On Being Mixed-Race
Sir Keith Ajegbo

The intention of this article is to give a brief history of myself as a mixed- race person and to reflect on how I have contextualised myself and my attempts to contextualise being mixed race. More...

Gendering Mixed-Race - Deconstructing Mixedness
Dr Suki Ali

This short paper arises from the workshop of the same title from which this collection comes, in which we presented some of our perspectives on the contemporary interest in mixedness.


Tanya Datta The Elephant In The Room
Tanya Datta

There is an elephant in the kitchen of race relations. Actually, it's not in the kitchen, but more in the spare bedroom of race relations. More...
Veli Aghdiran Community Through Diversity: Mixed-Race Identity Online
Veli Aghdiran

A look at how mixed-race online groups are pushing the notion of community in a fresh direction, and the positive repercussions this might have. More...
Eve Ahmed First Person Eve Ahmed
Eve Ahmed

When I was growing up, life was bleached white. At all three of my schools - infant's, primary and secondary - there were two or three lonely-looking African Caribbean and Asian girls, while everyone else was definitively pale-skinned. More...
Isabel Adonis Racial Identity - To Have Or To Be
Isabel Adonis

The philosopher and psychoanalyst, Erich Fromm, distinguishes two kinds of identity, characterized in terms of having and being. The 'having' identity is grounded in the external and material. More...
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Lin King

I was born in 1949 to a white woman and a black father. I was put into care from birth. I do not think that this was unusual at the time. More...
Toby Laurent Belson Black And White Doesn't Do The Trick
Toby Laurent Belson

Black and White doesn't do the trick. It does not come close to doing the trick. The trick is to describe a person without resorting to a longwinded sentence. Describe that person as 'Black', and what do you get? Describe the person as 'White' and now what do you get? More...
Tod O'Brien Enigmatic Or Enriched?
Tod O'Brien

I prefer to use the term "Mixed Heritage" to describe myself. There is actually only one human race and we are all part of it, "mixed race" may imply that there are many races within the one human race and to me that also implies and reinforces the implied hierarchy. More...
Sue Funge Learning About Racism
Sue Funge

Having grown up with the influence of the hippy movement - promoting love and peace, and a message that we are all equal, men and women, black and white - I guess I wasn't aware of the devastating impact racism can have. More...
Dr Nathalie Van Meurs Mixed-Race: The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Blended
Dr Nathalie Van Meurs

It's easy to think in black, white, yellow, red. Human beings like to take thinking short cuts while making sense of the world. One of the easiest ways to categorise people is by how they look: the way they dress, what biological sex they are, and what skin colour they have. More...
Charlie Owen Statistics - The Census Question
Charlie Owen

The first time an ethnic question was included in a British census was in 1991. Extensive testing of a possible ethnic question had been conducted. Some tested versions included an option of ticking more than one category, but multi-ticking was found to be unreliable. More...
Prof Mark Johnson Mixed Heritage: Perspectives On Health And Welfare
Prof Mark Johnson

To a significant extent, the development of the UK social care system was intimately affected by the growth of populations of mixed heritage, or 'mixed race'; the result often of liaison between Black (African and Asian) workers in the merchant marine and women in major port towns. More...
Linda Bellos Against The Term 'Mixed-Race'
Linda Bellos

I loathe the term 'mixed race' almost as much I as I loath 'half-caste' as a description of who I am or part of who I am. What does 'full-caste' look like, I wonder? What exactly is a 'race' in terms of biology, genetics or societies? More...
Adebe DeRango-Adem The Need For A New Mix: Literature And Cultural Representation
Adebe DeRango-Adem

My academic research has brought me to a problematic theme in the literary tradition: the disappearance of mixed race individuals, who are caught between racial worlds and are represented as neither here nor there. More...
Amanda Hussain First Person: Amanda Hussain
Amanda Hussain

I'm a broadcaster and live in Winchester, Hampshire, with my husband Ian, a film publicist, and our five-year-old daughter, Lola. I'm used to describing myself as mixed race and yet a friend recently picked me upon it and argued that we should now be saying 'dual heritage' instead. More...
Bina Radia-Bond Ethnic Intermarriage: Love Is Not Enough
Bina Radia-Bond

Mixed relationships are indubitably a rising global trend. Britain has the highest rate in Europe. This should not, however, be taken as a utopian move towards the romantic blurring of ethnic boundaries: More...
Bob Mackintosh Identity As Relationship
Bob Macintosh

I never used to think of myself as white. I would tick the box on forms - white was always the default, always first on the list - but it had no more meaning to me than my national insurance number, and I have never thought that I was LL nn nn nn L. More...
Dr D. Emily Hicks Assimilation And Mixed-Race Populations
Dr D. Emily Hicks

I was not born in the UK. However, the story of my mixed ancestry family has a link to Cornwall. My paternal great-grandmother was born in Cornwall. I share with postcolonial families a complex family structure. More...
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Mixed-Race and Mixed Families in Britain: The Case of Growing up in a Mixed Faith Family
Dr Elisabeth Arweck

Embedded within issues of mixed race ('mixedness') and mixed families ('mixing') are families which do not only combine ethnic backgrounds, but also faith backgrounds. More...

Gill Lawrence

A White Woman’s Experience Of 'Mixing'
Gill Lawrence

If you have grown up in a predominantly white community, suddenly experiencing racism when you have Black friends or lovers can be quite a shock. I would like to share a few experiences I have had. More...

mixedness logo A Mixed Society Should Be A Positive Society
Graham Suppiah

Lewis Hamilton has burst onto the Formula 1 scene at breakneck pace, giving many a Journalist a story to tell. Yet every article I have read refers to Hamilton as the first black Formula 1 racing driver. More...
Jessica Mai Sims Thai-British Families: Towards A Deeper Understanding Of 'Mixedness'
Jessica Mai Sims

The stereotypes of Thai women as synonymous with mail-order brides, prostitutes and subservient wives featured prominently in the daily lives of most of the Thai women interviewed - and their partners. More...
Rory Campbell Mixed-Race Britain - Through My Eyes
Rory Campbell

Soon we will not be discussing the differences between the 'races' but the similarities that we share and realise that when it comes down to it we are all human, just different shades. More...
Dr Sarita Malik Dodging The -Ism
Dr Sarita Malik

The politics of how mixedness is actually 'used' in society, not just on government policy levels but also within the personal terrain, is important. It is here that we discover not just the real pleasures but also the inherent prejudices in our midst. More...
Dr Jin Haritaworn Mixed-Race Theory For Everyone
Dr Jin Haritaworn

We have come a long way since colonial and Nazi scientists declared us degenerate monstrosities who combined the 'worst of both worlds'. Jayne Ifekwunigwe, the theorist of British mixed-race, ironically describes this as 'race science fiction'. More... logo Equality And Mixed Couples: The Final Frontier
Ashley Chilshom is a community website dedicated to helping mixed couples (mixed race, religion, caste) who face opposition to their relationship from family or community. More...
Ayo Bakare Black and Minority Ethnic Health Inequalities and the 'Mixed-Race' Population
Ayo Bakare

In 2006 I carried out research focusing on the recognition of inequalities in health for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. More...
Bradley Lincoln A Mixed-Race Experience
Bradley Lincoln

I am 37 year-old man living in Manchester. A son, a brother an uncle and I love reggae music. I have worked in education for the past 15 years and currently manage the Multiple Heritage Project. More...
Sharron Hall It's Time For Foundation
Sharron Hall

As a working class mixed-race woman I do not see the mixed-race experience from an academic's view. Instead I live it, feel it, am hurt and comforted by it. More...
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People In Harmony
Jill Olumide

People in Harmony is a charity that has been active for some 35 years. It was formed as a self help group to offer a refuge to mixed race families and mixed race people from the onslaught of the politics of the time. More...

Prof Leon Tikly Meeting The Educational Needs Of Mixed Heritage Pupils: Challenges For Policy And Practice
Prof Leon Tikly

The aim of the article is to present evidence concerning the educational needs of mixed heritage pupils in particular those of White/Black Caribbean origin and to outline the challenges for policy and practice in meeting the needs of these learners. More...



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