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White Working-Class VoicesMulticulturalism, community-building and change$
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Harris Beider

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313953

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313953.001.0001

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Reshaping white working-class identities: inclusive and progressive

Reshaping white working-class identities: inclusive and progressive

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(p.167) Seven Reshaping white working-class identities: inclusive and progressive
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White Working-Class Voices
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Harris Beider

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313953.003.0007

The chapter will construct a different narrative on white working class politics related to multiculturalism and change. Commonalities exist with minority communities in terms of class, values and space as well as personal interactions such as relationships and marriage, in the context of work or school. White working class communities have also been at the forefront of collective bargaining actions through trade unions and have played a critical role in demonstrating a desire for anti-racism in popular movements such as 2tone. This suggests that white working class communities can be viewed as being inclusive and progressive on multiculturalism. But it must be remembered that polling on immigration has revealed that most social classes in Britain favour of greater restrictions on immigration. The message that needs to be emphasised is that white working class communities should be regarded as being as diverse as any other group in society in response to issues of immigration. There is a need for institutions to reconnect and promote coalitions of interest between different groups at a grassroots level.

Keywords:   inclusive narrative, commonalities, reconnecting with communities, coalitions of interest, facilitative state

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