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The new countryside?Ethnicity, nation and exclusion in contemporary rural Britain$
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Sarah Neal and Julian Agyeman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347961

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347961.001.0001

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‘Let's keep our heads down and maybe the problem will go away’

‘Let's keep our heads down and maybe the problem will go away’

Experiences of rural minority ethnic households in Scotland

(p.73) Three ‘Let's keep our heads down and maybe the problem will go away’
The new countryside?

Philomena de Lima

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on racism and racial discrimination in the rural areas of Scotland. Its emphasis is on the Highlands and Islands, drawing on a range of published and unpublished research conducted by the author between 1999 and 2004. The chapter provides a brief analysis of the minority ethnic groups in Scotland and a summary of the research findings on the experiences of rural minority ethnic households/dwellers. It then identifies gaps and examples of practical initiatives to address the various issues of racial harassment and discrimination. The chapter concludes by highlighting some methodological issues that arise from researching rural minority ethnic households. An overview of an agenda that needs to be addressed in rural Scotland is also included.

Keywords:   racism, racial discrimination, Scotland, minority ethnic groups, ethnic households, racial harassment

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