Miah, Shamim (2012) School de-segregation and the Politics of ‘Forced Integration’. Race and Class, 54 (2). pp. 26-39. ISSN 0306-3968

Using the programme for creating the controversial school academies,
local governments in the UK have attempted to force an integration of schools
with majority white and ethnic minority pupil cohorts via new mergers. This has
largely been as a response to analysts’ fears about self-segregation and insufficient
community cohesion, following riots in northern towns in 2001 and the spectre of
radicalisation among young Muslims following 9/11 and 7/7. An examination of
school mergers in Burnley, Blackburn, Leeds and Oldham reveals how they have
amplified racial attacks on Muslim pupils and their feelings of insecurity, while
also fuelling a backlash against what is perceived by some members of the white
working class as a form of social engineering that endangers white privilege.

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