At a time in which race lies at the heart of so much public debate, Talking Race in Young Adulthood comes at an important moment.
Drawing on ethnographic research with young adults in Manchester, Harries engages with ideas of the post-racial to explore how young adults make sense of their identities, relationships and new forms of racism, consequently revealing how and in what ways race remains a salient dimension of social experience. Indeed, this book presents news ways of thinking about how we live with difference, as Harries analyses the relationship between racism, generational identities and the spatial configurations of a city.
Offering a distinct contribution to the sociology of race, this book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in fields such as Race and Ethnicity, Urban Sociology, Human Geography, Youth Studies, Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology.
Table of Contents
Chapter one – Introduction
Chapter two – The Conflicted City
The multi-layered city
The ‘Other’ side of the city
Gorton, Longsight and Moss Side
Beyond the city
Chapter three - The imaginings of a ‘post-racial’ generation
A ‘post-racial’ generation?
The myth of sameness and the fantasy of non-racism
Other times and ‘Othered’ places
Mixing ≠ multiculture
Chapter four – Anticipating race: Race and the recognition of difference in encounters with diversity
Expectations of difference
No difference here
Contrasted spaces: encountering the white working class
Comfortable conceptions of difference
Proximities to difference
Learned encounters: the "unspoken code"
Chapter five – Going against the grain: resistance to identifications and the claim for multiple subjectivities
Starting from the point of misrecognition
White working-class identities
Being ‘different’ and undermining identities of difference
Reworking the label: claiming a multi-faceted identity
"I am not who I am supposed to be"
Chapter six – When is racism?
The problem of racism
Racism and the weight of categorisation
Social mixing: an inadequate counter to racism
Naming racism, naming racists
Chapter seven – Conclusion
Bethan Harries is a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK.