Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


 

About

I am a Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR).

I joined SSPSSR in 1995, after completing my PhD at the London School of Economics and my BA at Harvard University. Prior to that, I worked for a few years for a newspaper, and in a women’s homeless shelter in New York City.

My research interests include ethnic identity, ‘race’ and ‘mixed race’, racisms, migration (in its many forms) and immigrant adaptation. Over the years, I have been involved in British, European and North American research networks, including IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion), the American Sociological Association, and the British Sociological Association.

I have just completed a new book, Multiracial Parents: Mixed Race Families, Generational Change, and the Future of Race (NYU Press, 2017), which is out September 2017.

I am on the editorial board of the following refereed journals:

  • Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Ethnicities
  • Identities

I was the Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), in Malmo, Sweden, in Autumn 2013, where I gave a series of research seminars. In Autumn 2017, I will be a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York.

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Contact Information

Address

Room E236
Cornwallis East
SSPSSR
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

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Publications

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Book
Aspinall, P. and Song, M. (2013). Mixed Race Identities. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137318893.
Song, M. (2003). Choosing Ethnic Identity. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
Song, M. (1999). Helping Out: Children's Labor in Ethnic Businesses. Philadelphia, USA: Temple University Press.
Edited book
King-O'Riain, R.C. et al. eds. (2014). Global Mixed Race. New York University Press.
Ali, S. et al. eds. (2012). International Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Mixedness and Mixing. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Parker, D. and Song, M. eds. (2001). Rethinking 'Mixed Race'. London: Pluto Press.
Article
Song, M. (2018). A spotlight on "established", as opposed to "newcomer", Americans. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 41:2265-2271. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2018.1490789​.
Song, M. (2018). Learning From Your Children. Emerging Adulthood [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696818795248.
Song, M. (2017). Why We Still Need to Talk About Race. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 41:1131-1145. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2018.1410200.
Song, M. (2017). Generational change and how we conceptualise and measure multiracial people and 'mixture'. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 40:2333-2339. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2017.1344273.
Törngren, S., Irastorza, I. and Song, M. (2016). Towards building a conceptual framework on intermarriage. Ethnicities [Online] 16:497-520. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796816638402.
Song, M. (2016). Multiracial people and their partners in Britain: Extending the link between intermarriage and integration? Ethnicities [Online] 16:631-648. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796816638399.
Song, M. (2016). Can there be a truly systematic and comprehensive theory of race? Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online]:2303-2308. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1202425.
Song, M. and O'Neill Gutuerrez, C. (2015). 'Keeping the story alive' : is ethnic and racial dilution inevitable for multiracial people and their children? The Sociological Review [Online] 63:680-698. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12308.
Song, M. and O'Neill Gutuerrez, C. (2015). WHAT ARE THE PARENTING PRACTICES OF MULTIRACIAL PEOPLE IN BRITAIN? Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online]:1-22. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2015.1096411.
Song, M. (2014). Challenging a culture of racial equivalence. British Journal of Sociology [Online] 65:107-129. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12054.
Aspinall, P. and Song, M. (2013). Is race a 'salient' or 'dominant identity' in the early 21st century. The evidence of UK survey data on respondents' sense of who they are. Social Science Research [Online] 42:547-561. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.10.007.
Song, M. (2012). Part of the British mainstream? British Muslim students and Islamic Student Associations. Journal of Youth Studies [Online] 15:143-160. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2011.630995.
Song, M. (2012). Making sense of 'mixture': States and the classification of 'mixed' people. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 35:565-573. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2012.648650.
Song, M. and Aspinall, P. (2012). Is racial mismatch a problem for young 'mixed race' people in Britain? The findings of qualitative research. Ethnicities [Online] 12:730-753. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796811434912.
Song, M. (2010). What happens after segmented assimilation? An exploration of intermarriage and 'mixed race' young people in Britain. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 33:1194-1213. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419871003625271.
Song, M. and Hashem, F. (2010). What does "White" Mean? Interpreting the choice of "Race" by mixed race young people in Britain. Sociological Perspectives [Online] 53:287-292. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/sop.2010.53.2.287.
Song, M. (2010). Does 'race' matter? A study of mixed race siblings' identifications. Sociological Review 58:265-285.
Song, M. (2010). Is there a mixed race group in Britain? The diversity of multiracial identification and experience. Critical Social Policy [Online] 30:337-358. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0261018310367672.
Parker, D. and Song, M. (2009). New ethnicities and the internet: Belonging and the negotiation of difference in multicultural Britain. Cultural Studies [Online] 23:583-604. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502380902951003.
Song, M. (2009). Is intermarriage a good indicator of integration? Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies [Online] 35:331-348. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691830802586476.
Parker, D. and Song, M. (2007). Inclusion, participation and the emergence of British Chinese websites. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 33:1043-1061.
Parker, D. and Song, M. (2006). New ethnicities online: Reflexive racialisation and the internet. Sociological Review [Online] 54:575-594. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2006.00630.x.
Parker, D. and Song, M. (2006). Ethnicity, social capital and the Internet: British Chinese websites. Ethnicities [Online] 6:178-202. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796806063751.
Song, M. (2004). Introduction:Who's at the bottom? Examining claims about racial hierarchy. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 27:859-877. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0141987042000268503.
Song, M. (2004). When the 'global chain' does not lead to satisfaction all round: A comment on the Morecambe Bay tragedy. Feminist Review [Online]:137-140. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.fr.9400160.
Song, M. (2001). Comparing minorities' ethnic opinions; Do Asian Americans Possess 'More' Ethnic Options than African Americans? Ethnicities [Online] 1:57-82. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146879680100100110.
Song, M. (1997). 'You're becoming more and more English': Investigating Chinese siblings' cultural identities. New Community 23:343-362.
Song, M. and Edwards, R. (1997). Comment: Raising questions about perspectives on black lone motherhood. Journal of Social Policy [Online] 26:233-244. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279497004959.
Song, M. (1997). Children's labour in ethnic family businesses: The case of Chinese take-away businesses in Britain. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 20:690-716. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.1997.9993985.
Song, M. (1996). Changing conceptualizations of lone parenthood in Britain - Lone parents or single mums? European Journal of Women's Studies 3:377-&.
Song, M. and Parker, D. (1995). Commonality, Difference and the Dynamics of Disclosure in In-Depth Interviewing. Sociology [Online] 29:241-256. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038595029002004.
Song, M. (1995). Between "the front" and "the back" ☆: Chinese women's work in family businesses. Womens Studies International Forum [Online] 18:285-298. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0277-5395(95)80073-X.
Book section
Song, M. (2015). The British Chinese : A Typical Trajectory of 'Integration'? in: Baldassar, L. et al. eds. Chinese Migration to Europe : Prato, Italy and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan.
Song, M. (2012). The Changing Configuration of Migration and Race (Chapter 14). in: Gold, S. J. and Nawyn, S. J. eds. Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Song, M. and Aspinall, P. (2012). 'Mixed race' young people's differential responses to misrecognition in Britain. in: Edwards, R. et al. eds. International Perspectives on Racial Mixing and Mixedness. Routledge, pp. 125-140.
Song, M. (2011). The racial identification of "mixed race" young people in Britain. in: Hylton, K. et al. eds. Atlantic Crossings : International Dialogues on Critical Race Theory. The Higher Education Academy Network, pp. 132-153.
Parker, D. and Song, M. (2011). New ethnicities and the internet: belonging and the negotiation of difference in multicultural Britain. in: Alexander, C. ed. Stuart Hall and 'Race'. Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 127-148.
Song, M. (2008). Mixed race siblings and racial identification. in: Klett-Davies, M. ed. Putting Sibling Relationships on the Map: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective. London: Family and Parenting Institute.
Song, M. (2006). Gender in a global world. in: Davis, K., Evans, M. and Lorber, J. eds. Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies. SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 185-195.
Song, M. (2005). Global and local articulations of Asian identity. in: Alexander, C. and Knowles, C. eds. Making Race Matter: Bodies, Space and Identity. Palgrave USA, pp. 60-75.
Song, M. (2004). Racial hierarchies in the USA and Britain : investigating a politically sensitive issue (Chapter 12). in: Bulmer, M. and Solomos, J. eds. Researching Race and Racism. Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 172-186.
Song, M. (2001). Chinese children's work roles in immigrant adaptation. in: Mizen, P., Pole, C. and Bolton, A. eds. Hidden Hands: International Perspectives on Children's Work and Labour. Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 55-69.
Parker, D. and Song, M. (2001). Introduction: Rethinking 'Mixed Race'. in: Parker, D. and Song, M. eds. Rethinking 'Mixed Race'. Pluto Press, pp. 1-22.
Song, M. (1999). Class and trans-national identities: a Korean-American woman in England. in: Zmroczek, C. and Mahoney, P. eds. Women and Social Class: International Feminist Perspectives on Women and Social Class. Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 212-226.
Song, M., Edwards, R. and Duncan, S. (1999). Social threat or social problem? Media representations of lone parents and policy implications. in: Franklin, B. ed. Social Policy, the Media and Misrepresentation. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 238-252.
Song, M. (1997). Hearing Competing Voices. in: Ribbens, J. C. and Edwards, R. eds. Feminist Dilemmas in Qualitative Research. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 103-118.
Song, M. (1996). "Helping out" - children's labour participation in Chinese take-away businesses in Britain. in: Brannen, J. and O'Brien, M. eds. Children in Families: Research and Policy. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Monograph
Aspinall, P., Song, M. and Hashem, F. (2008). The ethnic options of 'mixed race' people in Britain: Full Research Report. ESRC. Available at: http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/esrcinfocentre/viewawardpage.aspx?awardnumber=RES-000-23-1507.
Aspinall, P., Song, M. and Hashem, F. (2006). Mixed Race in Britain: A Survey of the Preferences of Mixed Race People for Terminology and Classifications. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Review
Song, M. (2008). Making multiracials: State, family, and market in the redrawing of the color line. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 31:1013-1014. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870802099001.
Song, M. (1999). Between cultures: Continuity and change in the lives of young Asians. British Journal of Sociology [Online] 50:687-688. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.1999.00687.x.
Song, M. (1999). The Korean American dream: Immigrants and small business in New York City. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online] 22:201-202. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/014198799329648.
Song, M. (1998). Ethnic and racial consciousness, 2nd edition. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association 32:407-408.
Song, M. (1998). Diversity: Gender, color, and culture. European Journal of Women's Studies [Online] 5:123-125. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/135050689800500114.
Song, M. (1998). The construction of racial identity in children of mixed parentage: Mixed metaphors. Ethnic and Racial Studies 21:789-790.
Song, M. (1997). New frontiers in women's studies: Knowledge, identity and nationalism - Maynard,M, Purvis,J. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association [Online] 31:375-377. Available at: http://soc.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/31/2/375.
Song, M. (1996). Through different eyes: The cultural identities of young Chinese people in Britain - Parker,D. Ethnic and Racial Studies 19:739-740.
Total publications in KAR: 63 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

My research interests include ethnic identity, ‘race’ and ‘mixed race’, racisms, intermarriage, migration (in its many forms) and the sociology of the family. Over the years, I have been involved in British, European and North American research networks, including IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion), the American Sociological Association, and the British Sociological Association.

I have just completed a book called 'Multiracial Parents: Mixed Race Families, Generational Change, and the Future of Race', with New York University Press (September 2017).

  • PI for a Leverhulme research grant: 'Multiracial Parents' Classification of their Children'. This project commenced September 2012 and will run until March 2015. Preliminary findings will be presented at the BSA in April 2014 and ISA in Yokohama, July 2014.
  • From October 2008 to September 2010, I was one of seven partners in a four-country comparative project (led by Karen Phalet, ERCOMER, Utrecht University) on the NORFACE project “Ethnic identity and religious mobilisation of the European second generation: comparing Muslim youth in multicultural cities”. As the partner for Britain, I carried out the case study of Muslim youth in London. In particular, I studied the aims and organization of ISOCs – Islamic Student Associations in British universities. An article based on this research has been published in the Journal of Youth Studies in 2012.
  • Between 2006 and 2008, I completed an ESRC funded project “The ethnic options of ‘mixed race’ people in Britain” (with Peter Aspinall, and Ferhana Hashem, both of CHSS, University of Kent). A key aim of this research was to examine the “ethnic options” of different types of “mixed race” people, such as people with black/white, south Asian/white, Chinese/white, and “minority mix” heritage. This project employed both a survey and a sub-sample for in-depth interviews. Various articles based upon this research have appeared in the journals Critical Social Policy, Social Science Research, Sociological Review, Sociological Perspectives, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnicities and Anthropology Today. A book, Mixed Race Identities, was published in July 2013 (with Peter Aspinall).
  • Between September 2006 and March 2008, I completed (with David Parker, University of Nottingham) another ESRC funded project, “British Chinese identities online: inclusion and participation”. This project explored the emergence of British Chinese websites, and the online and offline implications of these sites for the social and political integration and participation of British Chinese people. Various articles were published in Sociological Review, Ethnicities, Cultural Studies, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • I was one of the co-organizers of the ESRC Seminar series: “Thinking about mixedness and mixing: international and interdisciplinary dialogue”, (with Ros Edwards, Suki Ali, and Chamion Caballero). Four seminars were held between December 2008 and March 2010. A co-edited volume, drawing on this series, came out in 2012: International Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Mixedness and Mixing (Routledge).
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Teaching

On the undergraduate programmes here, I teach a module called ‘Race and Racism’ as well as a module called 'Literature and Society. I also offer an MA module called ‘Race, Difference, and Belonging’. I also contribute lectures on a variety of UG modules.

I welcome independent motivated students. If you have a proposal within my research areas and would like to study at the University of Kent, please email me to discuss further.

Some doctoral students I have supervised:

  • Myria Vassiliadou – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘A struggle for independence: attitudes and practices of the women of Cyprus’,
  • Wilasinee Phiphitkul – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘The politics of representations: Thai migrant women’s negotiation of identity’
  • Yumiko Nishimuta – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘Coping with racism: Japanese students’ experiences of racist encounters in Britain’
  • Mitsu Horii – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘De-professionalisation of Buddhist priests: a sociological study of Nichiren Buddhist priests in contemporary Japan’
  • Mai Phan – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘Conflict, learning, and change: dynamics of policymaking in anti-discrimination legislations in Canada and Britain
  • Anika Haverig – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘British and German policy responses to Muslims and multiculturalism’
  • Trude Sundberg – PhD (second supervisor) ‘A systematic review of attitudes toward welfare in European countries’
  • Mengwei Tu – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘One-child middle class Chinese migrants to the UK’
  • Derek Anderson – PhD (1st supervisor) ‘Post-2004 Polish migrants and their integration in the UK’
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Activity

Editorial board membership

  • Editorial board member, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • Editorial board member, Ethnicities
  • Editorial board member, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Editorial board member, Identities
  • Editorial board member of  IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion, a European Network of Excellence) - 2006 to 2009

Memberships

  • American Sociological Association: Council member, section on Asia and Asian America, 2000-2003
  • Runnymede Trust, Academic Advisory Board
  • Member of IMISCOE
  • Associate of Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College

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Media

  • Interviewed on 'Thinking Allowed', BBC Radio 4, July 2015
  • Interviewed and cited by The China Daily, February 2012
  • Interviewed and cited by The Sunday Times, 2010, on ‘Mixed race families’
  • Interviewed by BBC Radio 4, June 11, 2008, ‘Brother mine’, a documentary about siblings from different perspectives
  • Cited in Times online (by David Aronovitch) on the ‘mixed race’ project (November 11,2008)
  • Interviewed & cited by Hong Kong paper (2007) on British Chinese young people
  • Interviewed & cited by Times newspaper (2006) on British Chinese families
  • Interviewed by BBC world service on research on ‘mixed race’, aired April, 2005
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Last Updated: 10/04/2017