“Dilution” and Social Change
This chapter reviews what our study participants thought would be in store for their children as they grew up, and perhaps had children of their own. Asking what multiracial parents thought about the salience of ethnic and racial difference in the future, the discussion focuses on what they felt this would mean for their children’s lives. Parents also reflected on their children’s choices of potential partners, as well as the consequences of their partnerships for the potential “dilution” or the possible reinforcement of ethnic minority heritage. Reflecting on their own family’s role in the evolving make-up of British society, many considered themselves and their children to be at the forefront of key changes in the meanings and dynamics of racial and ethnic boundaries in contemporary Britain.
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