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'Sleepwalking to Segregation'?: Challenging Myths About Race and Migration [Hardcover]

Nissa Finney , Ludi Simpson
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21 Jan 2009
Is Britain really under threat from ethnic diversity? Is the social fabric crumbling as we sleepwalk to segregation? In the context of renewed debates about diversity and cohesion, this book interrogates contemporary claims about race and migration. It demonstrates that many of the claims are myths, presenting evidence in support of and opposition to them in an accessible yet academically rigorous manner.The book combines an easy-to-read overview of the subject with innovative new research. It tackles head-on questions about levels of immigration, the contribution of immigrants, minority self-segregation, ghettoisation and the future diversity of the population. It poses a direct challenge to the arguments of commentators such as MigrationWatchUK and the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. The authors argue that the myths of race and migration are the real threat to an integrated society. They propose that diversity and mobility are expected and benign, and recommend that focus should return to problems of inequality and prejudice.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press; 1 edition (21 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847420087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847420084
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson have produced an authoritative guide to evidence on immigration and segregation, in plain language." --Jon Cruddas, MP

"An accessible and authoritative book which is much needed and hits the spot admirably."
--Chris Gaine, Professor of Applied Social Policy, University of Chichester

About the Author

Nissa Finney is a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. With a background in Geography her research has focused on migration of ethnic groups within Britain, demography of local ethnic group population change, refugee settlement policy and press portrayals of race and migration. Ludi Simpson is Professor of Population Studies at the University of Manchester. He works with population, census and survey statistics, aiming to extend their use by communities and governments. He has worked closely with local authorities and government departments, and statistics associations in Britain and abroad.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Racist myths debunked. 27 Nov 2010
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This book by two statisticians, Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson, is a wonderful debunking of a whole series of myths regarding immigration, ethnic diversity, ethnic segregation, ghettoisation, the relationship of ethnic segregation to terrorism and the prospect white minority cities that are repeated to the extent that they are almost taken for being true. Finney and Simpson are most concerned to tackle myths spread by Migration Watch UK and, more worryingly, by Commission for Racial Equality, and now Equality and Human Rights Commission, chair Trevor Phillips.

Finney and Simpson expose the way that statistics are misused, abused and misinterpreted to suit political agendas regarding race, immigration and related issues and tackle a series of myths: that Britain has too many immigrants, that minorities cannot be or do not want to be integrated, that there is increasing segregation of communities and an intensifying process of ghettoisation and that certain cities are becoming 'minority white' cities. All of these are exposed to close statistical analysis and interpretation and are shown to be bogus.

This book is a great aid to those opposed to racism and the lazy thinking of the media and politicians.
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