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Social Policy Review 25Analysis and debate in social policy, 2013$
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Gaby Ramia, Kevin Farnsworth, and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312741

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.001.0001

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It's time to move on from ‘race’? The official ‘invisibilisation’ of minority ethnic disadvantage

It's time to move on from ‘race’? The official ‘invisibilisation’ of minority ethnic disadvantage

(p.93) Five It's time to move on from ‘race’? The official ‘invisibilisation’ of minority ethnic disadvantage
Social Policy Review 25

Gary Craig

Maggie O'Neill

Policy Press

Gary Craig and Maggie O’Neill's topical chapter on British national and local policies on ‘race’ argues that due in part to deliberate strategies to water down equality legislation, and partly due to the unintended consequences of ‘race’ policy, especially at the local level, ‘race’ policy has operated to sweep racism under the carpet or, worse, served to reinforce and institutionalise racism. They illustrate, through case studies of three English regions, how central and local government policies have made race and racism invisible. This, according to the authors, has led to the development of an institutionalised indifference to racial disadvantage, undermining the social welfare of minority ethnic groups in the UK.

Keywords:   Race, Equality, Legislation, Race policy, Racism, Minority ethnic groups, Social welfare

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