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'Sleepwalking to segregation'?Challenging myths about race and migration$
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Nissa Finney

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420084

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420084.001.0001

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Challenging the myth of ‘Minority White Cities’

Challenging the myth of ‘Minority White Cities’

7 Challenging the myth of ‘Minority White Cities’
'Sleepwalking to segregation'?

Nissa Finney

Ludi Simpson

Policy Press

This chapter addresses fears that cities are becoming minority white. It questions why there is such fascination with this demographic ‘landmark’ and presents the best available evidence about the future pluralisation of Britain's cities. It examines the predictions and puts the evidence beside them, which demonstrates severe exaggeration. It argues that the notion of cities becoming plural in the near future is simply a convenient hook on which to hang discussion of the challenges and opportunities of future multicultural cities. It notes that the supposed nearness of the event justifies urgency for policy recommendations. It follows the trail of unsubstantiated claims copied from one news item to another to demonstrate the perpetuation of the myth. It then demonstrates the population dynamics that are changing the composition of cities, and examines more closely the population forecasts that have been completed for cities of Britain, painting the future based on evidence.

Keywords:   minority white, population forecasts, pluralisation, myth, multicultural cities, policy recommendations, population dynamics, evidence

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