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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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(p.160) (p.161) (p.162) 8 Conclusion
'Sleepwalking to segregation'?

Nissa Finney

Ludi Simpson

Policy Press

This chapter draws together the book's arguments, discusses why the myths are so persistent, questions what may motivate those who maintain and promote the myths, and suggests alternative ways of thinking about race and migration. It looks at the claims that ‘immigrants are a burden, taking jobs and resources, living piled together in segregated areas; segregation prevents integration, clashes with British culture, heightens tension and breeds violence’, in order to expose the view of the world that the claims represent. It explains that this in turn helps to understand why a range of politicians, commentators, and the media find it convenient to recount the litany in spite of its mythical status.

Keywords:   arguments, myths, race, migration, immigrants, segregation, British culture

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