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Experiences of racism and the changing nature of white privilege among lone white mothers of mixed-parentage children in the UK

Harman, Vicki (2009) Experiences of racism and the changing nature of white privilege among lone white mothers of mixed-parentage children in the UK Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33 (2). pp. 176-194.

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Abstract

In a context where mixed relationships are often seen as a visible indicator of increased tolerance, this paper holds up a lens to the particular experiences of racism negotiated by lone white mothers of mixed-parentage children. Based on qualitative interviews with thirty mothers, this paper illustrates how, through their parenting, racism and racial injustice became more visible to the mothers in the study. It is argued that, as well as experiencing racism directed at their children in a range of contexts (including the extended family, school and the local area), lone white mothers of mixed-parentage children are frequently facing social disapproval themselves. Drawing on the notion of whiteness as a seemingly unmarked and invisible category, this paper argues that mothers' experiences can challenge and complicate dominant conceptualizations of white privilege.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Harman, Vickiv.harman@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 13 July 2009
Identification Number : 10.1080/01419870903023652
Uncontrolled Keywords : Interracial families; Racism; Whiteness; Family; Discrimination; United Kingdom
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 07 Dec 2017 15:05
Last Modified : 15 Mar 2018 08:04
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845160

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