Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity


Nasar Meer

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    To all my family, and most recently Rashida Clarke Meer (b. 2011) who arrived early to meet Khizer Mohammed Meer (1927–2012)

    About the Author

    Dr Nasar Meer is Reader in Comparative Social Policy and Citizenship, and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. He has been a Minda de Gunzberg Fellow at Harvard University, a Resident Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the British Council’s Outreach Programme. He is currently a Routledge ‘Super Author’ and has previously studied at the Universities of Essex, Edinburgh and Bristol, and held a Visiting Fellowship with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, Harvard University, and the Department of Political Science and Government at Aarhus University. Nasar was previously a Reader, Co-Director of the Centre for Civil Society and Citizenship (CCSC), and senior lecturer at Northumbria University, a lecturer at the University of Southampton, and a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship (CSEC), Bristol University, where he is an Honorary Fellow.


    This book reflects an accumulated process of learning; something that arguably places me in a debt to both my teachers and students alike. Inevitably this debt takes a diffuse course and could not be traced to one or other class room, whether I was in the audience or at the podium. Nonetheless, and as I set out in more detail in the discussion of reflexivity, the book relies on continuous thinking made possible through collaboration and dialogue with friends and colleagues. Amongst those who I would especially like to name here include Tariq Modood, John Solomos, Anna Triandafyllidou, Per Mouritsen, Anoop Nayak, Varun Uberoi, Claire Alexander, Ray Taras, Jan Dobbernack, Brian Klug, Therese O’Toole, Tehseen Noorani, Derek McGhee, Pnina Werbner, Claire Blencowe, Bernard Harris, Carol Stephenson, Les Back and Ruth Lewis. Significant thanks are owed to Chris Rojek who commissioned the book some years ago when I was at Southampton University, and waited patiently with Gemma Shields and Katherine Haw at SAGE. The majority of the book was penned during my time at Northumbria University, and I will always be grateful to colleagues for creating and sustaining an intellectually rewarding space in the Department of Social Sciences and Languages. I am obliged to SAGE Publications for kind permission to reproduce a figure from Pieterse, J. N. (2001) ‘Hybridity, so what? The anti-hybridity backlash and the riddles of recognition’, Theory, Culture and Society, 18 (2–3): 219–45. Finally, the book would never have been completed without the support and encouragement of Katherine Smith, and for which I am profoundly fortunate.

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