Attachments and connections: a ‘white working class’ English family’s relationships with their BrAsian ‘Pakistani’ neighbours
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Taylor and Francis
Reason for embargo
White working class people have been portrayed in the media and political discourse as unable to keep pace with the demands associated with living in multicultural Britain. In this article I shall challenge such representations of white working class people’s attitudes towards racialized ‘others’. To do this I explore the views of the members of a white working class family to the changing racial composition of their once ethnically homogenous council estate (municipal housing). My ethnographic attention is directed to the connections, affective ties and emotional investments that the members of this family have with the estate and its community, and the ways in which BrAsians become configured in these narratives of belonging. I will show how analytical attention to the connections and attachments that white working class people form with those they identify as ethnic and racial ‘others’ provides an account of white working class identities that undermines popular representations of ‘them’.
Vol. 38 (7), pp. 1169-1184