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Identifications and cultural practices of mixed-heritage youth

Barrett, Martyn, Garbin, David, Eade, John and Cinnirella, Marco (2007) Identifications and cultural practices of mixed-heritage youth


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This paper summarises findings from a research study which investigated how 11- to 17-year-old mixed-heritage adolescents living in London negotiate the demands of living with multiple cultures. The study also explored how these adolescents construe themselves in terms of race, ethnicity and nationality. It was found that these individuals had multiple identifications which were subjectively salient to them, and that they were very adept at managing their various identities in different situations. There was no evidence of a sense of marginality, or of being ‘caught between two cultures’, and there was no difference in the strength of British identification exhibited by these mixed-heritage adolescents and white English adolescents of the same age. However, the identities and cultural practices of the mixed-heritage adolescents were fluid and context-dependent, and they appreciated the advantages of being able to negotiate and interact with multiple ethnic worlds.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Cinnirella, Marco
Date : 4 September 2007
Additional Information : Paper presented in the eConference on “Mixedness and Mixing: New Perspectives on Mixed-Race Britons”, Commission for Racial Equality, 4-6 September 2007 Click here for a list of Martyn Barrett's publications.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:22

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