V4CE Research Fellowship

The Voice4Change England Fellowship was launched in October 2009.

The first Fellowship has been awarded to Sanjiv Lingayah to support his PhD on contemporary discourses of British and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) identities. The PhD is examining how ideas of diversity and national unity have been developed in the New Labour period and beyond. It examines how policymakers and voluntary and community sector discourses depict the nature of and relationship between BME and British identities.  It explores how this in turn affects policies, programmes and priorities on race equality, BME communities and voluntary and community organisations (VCOs).

Sanjiv LingayahAbout Sanjiv Lingayah

Sanjiv Lingayah is based in the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics and is supervised by Dr. Claire Alexander. He has worked for over a decade on social policy and social justice issues. He is a former Research Fellow at London Metropolitan University’s Centre for Social and Evaluation Research and also a former senior staffer at the new economics foundation (nef) – a leading progressive think tank.

His particular interests and specialisms include enabling public participation in social issues; strategic advice for and evaluation of voluntary and community social action; race, ethnicity and BME social action.

A Transformative BME SectorA transformative Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector for a Big Inclusive Society
March 2011

“one task for BME VCOs is to build a sense of ‘BME-ness’ or to find alternative language capable of bringing diverse people into alliance for (race) equality...”

This paper, by Voice4Change England’s first research fellow, Sanjiv Lingayah, opens a debate on what a shared narrative on race equality should look like. Sanjiv argues that for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) to be transformative social forces in the time of the Big Society, they need to give renewed meaning to the idea of BME as a unifying identity; build a sense of shared purpose with other BME VCOs; and to explicitly locate work for greater race equality in a broader project of building a society that is progressive, diverse and characterised by solidarity.

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