Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447313960 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447313953 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only

White Working Class Voices

Multiculturalism, Community-Building and Change

Harris Beider

White Working Class Voices

Harris Beider

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447313960 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447313953 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Perceptions of white working-class communities are commonly discussed, but the views held by these communities themselves are less often considered. This book provides the first substantial analysis of white working-class perspectives on issues of multiculturalism and change in the United Kingdom, giving a platform to these silent voices. Based on over two hundred interviews, White Working Class Voices presents startling results that challenge the preconceptions of politicians, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers. Exploring how white working-class communities came to be framed as racist, resistant to change, and disconnected from politics, Harris Beider suggests a new and progressive agenda for how this often misrepresented group can be fully included in a modern, diverse Britain.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Dedication
1. Towards a definition of the white working class
2. Multiculturalism and the exclusion of the white working class
3. White, working-class and racist?
4. International perspectives on whiteness, class and politics
5. A reactionary voice: nuance views of multiculturalism 
6. Integrated and equal: similar challenges and opportunities
7. Reshaping white working-class identities: inclusive and progressive

References and filmography
Index
Review Quotes
Sherry Linkon, Georgetown University
“While racial conflict remains a very real problem, with significant effects on politics and policy, this book reminds us that racism transcends traditional class boundaries and focuses on the best source for understanding working-class culture—the lived experiences and the voices of working-class people.”
Steve Garner, Open University
“Unafraid of complicating the story rather than cutting corners, Beider digs around in the untidy spaces between the personal and the collective, and between antipathy and solidarity in this engaging and revealing exploration of white working-class responses to, and investments in multicultural Britain”
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
"Harris Beider prioritises the voices of people in white, working-class communities—providing a rich and provocative analysis of ethnicity, class, power and representation. This book is a vital—and timely—resource for policy-makers."
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