Michaela joined the Surviving Society podcast to talk about the durability of (mis)recognitions of British emigration histories, the Brexit Brits Abroad Project and the missed opportunity for migrant solidarities following the EU referendum.
Category: Chantelle Lewis
This week, we’re bringing you something a bit different. Recorded at the recent British Sociological Association conference, Michaela and Chantelle present their recently published work on what Brexit means to British People of Colour living in the EU27.
The demographic of the People’s Vote march was notably different to other demos I have been on recently. The march saw between 300,000 to a million turn out (depending on who you speak to) and watching the marchers gather, I had a flashback to three months ago, when people flocked to the Home Office protest for the Stansted 15. This was another issue tied to citizenship and immigration, but at the People’s Vote, there were many, many more white faces in the crowd.
The anti-Brexit movement, to me, looks like a very white and middle class one – and I know many other people of colour feel the same way. But this seems paradoxical considering that Brexit will affect us as much as anyone else, and immigrants’ place in the country was so central to the initial debate. I spoke to campaigners, lobbyists and researchers to find out why.
The research paper Brexit, British People of Colour in the EU27 and everyday racism in Britain and Europe foregrounds an understanding of Brexit as unexceptional, as business as usual in Britain and Europe. It reports on original empirical research with British People of Colour who have settled elsewhere in Europe, to bring into view an original perspective to understandings of what Brexit means to Britons living in Europe, and to consider what these testimonies offer to emerging social science research on Brexit.
The research paper, Brexit, British People of Colour in the EU27 and everyday racism in Britain and Europe coauthored by Dr Michaela Benson and Chantelle Lewis featured in the article ‘Travelling while Black’ by Nadine White for Huffington Post. Read it here.
Dr Michaela Benson and Chantelle Lewis from the project team were interviewed about their research with British People of Colour living in the EU-27 for this piece by Micha Frazer-Carroll for the new media publication Gal-Dem. Read it here.
In this episode of the Brexit Brits Abroad Podcast, the project team come together to discuss citizens’ rights, emigration and Brexit and the future of critical social science research about Brexit.
In our first episode of 2019, the project team reflect back on the lessons learned from working on the project over the last year. Take a listen to us as we get a few things off our chest (and as Michaela gets on her soapbox about the pervasive stereotypes of British people living in Europe).
In this episode the project team focus on narrative and storytelling in social science research, focussing on the question of how we do justice to the what people have told us in the way we write and communicate the findings of the project.
This post was originally published on the UK in a Changing Europe Website. It first appeared online 23rd February 2018. Today, the Overseas Electors’ Bill 2017-19 will receive its second reading...