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'Sleepwalking to Segregation'? Challenging Myths About Race and Migration by Nissa Finney, Ludi Simpson

'Sleepwalking to Segregation'? Challenging Myths About Race and Migration



'Sleepwalking to Segregation'? Challenging Myths About Race and Migration by Nissa Finney, Ludi Simpson

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.


If you want to know what has really been happening in Britain in terms of ethnic segregation, how many ghettos exist, or whether immigration is a threat to social solidarity, this is the book to read. Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield

In an area where unwarranted generalisations and myths are all too common, and derive their plausibility from the current climate of moral panic, this well-researched and carefully argued book represents a welcome contribution. Based on a consistent line of thought, it should do much to improve the quality of public discourse on this vexed subject. It might provoke disagreement from time to time, and that reinforces its value. Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Westminster; Very useful for those researching multicultural Britain...[providing] myth-breaking that is urgent and necessary in challenging the current climate Sociological Imagination

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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Publication date

21st January 2009


Nissa Finney, Ludi Simpson

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Policy Press


224 pages


Social issues & processes
Ethnic studies



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