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Inter-ethnic relations of teenagers in England’s schools: the role of school and neighbourhood ethnic composition

Burgess, Simon and Platt, Lucinda (2019) Inter-ethnic relations of teenagers in England’s schools: the role of school and neighbourhood ethnic composition. Department of Social Policy working papers (06-19). Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The paper presents an empirical analysis of inter-ethnic relations among adolescents in England’s schools, the first national study of schools throughout England to relate inter-ethnic attitudes to both school and area ethnic composition. We combine survey data on ‘warmth’ of feeling for specific ethnic groups, friendships and attitudes with administrative data on the shares of those groups at school and area level. We confirm that the pupils have warmer feelings for their own ethnic group than for others. Second, we show that in schools with more pupils from another ethnic group the gap between a pupil’s views of those from her own group and from another ethnic group is smaller. This is true for attitudes of the majority and of minority ethnic groups. Third, we show that school composition (interpreted as contact) mitigates area composition (interpreted as exposure).

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/social-policy
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 14:24
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 23:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101015

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