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The 'desegregation' of English schools: Bussing, race and urban space, 1960s-80s

Olivier Esteves


In 1960–62, a large number of white autochthonous parents in Southall became very concerned that the sudden influx of largely non-Anglophone Indian immigrant children in local schools would hold back their children’s education. It was primarily to placate such fears that ‘dispersal’ (or ‘bussing’) was introduced in areas such as Southall and Bradford, as well as to promote the integration of mostly Asian children. It consisted in sending busloads of immigrant children to predominantly white suburban schools, in an effort to ‘spread the burden’. This form of social engineering went on until the ... More

Keywords: Immigration, Integration, Schooling, ‘Ghetto’ schools, Racism, Asians, Immigrant quotas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526124852
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526124852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olivier Esteves, author
Professor of British Studies at the University of Lille