Join us for the next in the ESRC sponsored Chalk + Talk series. We welcome Professor Eric Kaufmann who will discuss ‘The White British Response to Ethnic Change: UKIP, White Flight or Integration?
Date and time:
Thursday 20 November 2014, 1230 – 1330
A light lunch will be served from 1200
Social Market Foundation
11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB
Eric Kaufmann, author of a recently-released report on the White British response to diversity, will speak on ‘The White British Response to Ethnic Change: UKIP, White Flight or Integration?’. Eric argues that too much attention has been paid to either Britishness or the integration of ethnic minorities without considering the place of the White British majority. Based on extensive quantitative modelling and focus group work, he considers three possible White British responses to ethnic change: fighting change, fleeing it or accommodating it. In other words, opposition to immigration – including voting for UKIP and other anti-immigration parties, ‘white flight’, and habituation and mixing. The talk proposes that ethnic change has moved ahead of the majority’s ability to accommodate to it, and moves to consider policy recommendations in housing and refugee resettlement, ending with a plea for a new narrative of national identity which can speak both to minority aspiration and majority unease.