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Title: An intersectional exploration of the spatial dynamics of mothers of mixed race children in the neighbourhood context
Author: Heathcote, Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 6056 8335
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2016
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This intersectional study explored how mothers of mixed race children negotiate racialised and classed bordering practice in two neighbourhoods within a provincial city in the UK. The research was influenced by Critical Race Theory. It employed a critical interpretation of Bourdieusian symbolic capital to look at how localised spatial dynamics impact on the social geographies of mothers . of mixed race children. Grounded in ethnographic principles, the study explored spatial practice within the two localities as research participants produced a visual representation of the places they took their children in the neighbourhood. Some families participated in a 'go-along', a type of participant observation, in which they were accompanied on a routine trip with their children. This allowed participants to visualise spatial dynamics in real space and time. The study found that classed habitus affects the neighbourhood geographies of families with mixed race children; with those ascribed as middle class having more spatial mobility and ascribed cosmopolitan habitus, than those assigned as lower class. However, working class parents of mixed race children also shared a cosmopolitan habitus and them, and their children, whilst having much less mobility, had more ethnically diverse friendship groups than middle class participants. The study concluded that families with mixed race children make choices about household residence based on an assessment of the social geographies of different localities. Whilst they remain interested in the level and composition of minority ethnic diversity, they are influenced by the intersection of a range of other social differences such as socio-economic differences, symbolic capital (habitus) and geography. New data emerged about potential working class 'edge areas'. These neighbourhoods where families with mixed race children had settled had average numbers of ethnic minority population and residents ascribed as more 'tolerant' towards those racially different, than in other working class urban areas.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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