Theorising Race, Ethnicity and Racialisation: Changing Research Agendas
Sociology City University London London, England
This paper will explore current theoretical debates about how we can analyse processes of racial and ethnic formation and the implications of these debates for how we research contemporary societies. In particular the paper will develop a critical engagement with which the concept of racialisation has been utilised to analyse these processes, drawing on research about the development of new migration processes and political debates about the position of minority communities in contemporary European soceties. In particular the focus of the paper will be on the debates that we have seen around these issues during the current decade. The paper will suggest that we need to engage in a process of critical rethinking about what it is that we research, combined with empirically focused research on how questions about race and ethnicity are experiences in specific situations and locations. It will be argued that such research will need to focus on both national and global processes in order to engage with the transformations that we are going through at the present time in this field.