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I would recommend this book as essential reading to all social work practitioners and policy makers in order to broaden their knowledge and widen the debate. For those lay people interested in the debate on identity and particularly racial identity I would also recommend the book. -- Adoption UK Helps to build a fascinating picture of the background of those who form inter-racial partnerships, the ensuing family dynamics, and the handling of "difference"... Katz's book represents a very useful and important addition to the literature on racial identity, a recommended read. -- British Journal of Social Work An important contribution to the literature. -- Child and Family Social Work 'Interesting and honest piece of research... Generous in giving a wealth of information about the theories of human development and marginalisation which informed the author's research. Anyone who is embarking on similar qualitative research will read with great interest his detailed account of the methodology. This book has relevance to identity construction in all children, although its main purpose is to look at those who start life with a greater challenge. -- Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties 'Katz's aim is to encourage practitioners and policy-makers to think again. Many will find his family case studies and/or theoretical discussions stimulating.' -- Journal of Adolescence This is a most useful book, worth reading for its subtlety, its lack of polemic... To be recommended. -- Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Katz has provided us with a basis for future research in this subject. The book will provide a useful background for those intending to do qualitative research on the identity of mixed-parentage children. -- Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry A significant addition to the literature in this vexed area. -- Sage Race Relations Abstracts There are some excellent insights, Katz makes a very good case for the narrative approach to the construction of identity... Katz has been both courageous and thought provoking. -- Adoption and Fostering Katz's book is a well-written account of the develpment of of his thinking, methodology and the research he conducted through the 1980s to the present. -- The Psychologist

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Ilan Katz received his degree in social work at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1978. After qualifying he came to the UK and has worked as a social worker and social work manager in local authorities and voluntary organisations. His main professional interests have been with children and people with learning disabilities. His current post is as National Evaluation Officer for the NSPCC, where he is involved with several projects evaluating child protection practice and has a part-time secondment to the Brunel University CEPPP. In 1994 he received his doctorate on The Development of Racial Identity in Infants of Mixed Parentage from Brunel University.

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