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Challenging the myth of ‘Minority White Cities’

Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson

in 'Sleepwalking to segregation'?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420084
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420084.003.0007
Challenging the myth of ‘Minority White Cities’

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This chapter addresses fears that cities are becoming minority white. It questions why there is such fascination with this demographic ‘landmark’ and presents the best available evidence about the future pluralisation of Britain's cities. It examines the predictions and puts the evidence beside them, which demonstrates severe exaggeration. It argues that the notion of cities becoming plural in the near future is simply a convenient hook on which to hang discussion of the challenges and opportunities of future multicultural cities. It notes that the supposed nearness of the event justifies urgency for policy recommendations. It follows the trail of unsubstantiated claims copied from one news item to another to demonstrate the perpetuation of the myth. It then demonstrates the population dynamics that are changing the composition of cities, and examines more closely the population forecasts that have been completed for cities of Britain, painting the future based on evidence.

Keywords: minority white; population forecasts; pluralisation; myth; multicultural cities; policy recommendations; population dynamics; evidence

Chapter.  7313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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