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Mixed Family Life in the UK

An Ethnographic Study of Japanese-British Families


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. M. Nakamura Lopez
    Pages 1-37
  3. M. Nakamura Lopez
    Pages 39-72
  4. M. Nakamura Lopez
    Pages 73-103
  5. M. Nakamura Lopez
    Pages 105-134
  6. M. Nakamura Lopez
    Pages 135-171
  7. M. Nakamura Lopez
    Pages 211-228
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 229-238

About this book


This book offers a nuanced picture of mixed family life in the UK. Specifically, the book explores how parents from different backgrounds create a place of belonging for their children, while also negotiating difference and attempting to transmit various aspects of their cultures, including religion, hobbies, language and food to their mixed children. Based on data collected from 26 months of fieldwork, the author concludes that the intergenerational transmission of culture, instead of being tied to the idea of "national culture", is actually more organic and fluid, allowing individuals to share their "cultures", from traditions and customs to preferences and habits, with the next generation.

As mixedness increasingly becomes the norm in our global society, the book will be of interest to students and scholars of race, ethnicity and family studies, as well as social workers, school teachers, counsellors, and parents and kin of mixed children.


intergenerational cultural transmission mixed race mixed ethnicity identity socialisation kin

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.TokyoJapan

About the authors

M. Nakamura Lopez is a sociologist and freelance writer. Her research interests include mixedness, migration, and transnational families.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mixed Family Life in the UK
  • Book Subtitle An Ethnographic Study of Japanese-British Families
  • Authors M. Nakamura Lopez
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-57755-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86239-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-57756-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 238
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Ethnicity Studies
    Asian Culture
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“A powerful study [...] timely and important work.” (Allan Luke, Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

“Convincingly shows how mixedness is more than just a description of the racial/ethnic makeup of couples or individuals; it is a way of life.” (Syed Ali, Long Island University-Brooklyn, USA)

“Though her nuanced observations and insightful considerations of mixed families' daily life [...] we can learn what 'doing family' means among not only mixed families but also family in general, which has been often taken for granted.” (Takehiko Kariya, University of Oxford, UK)