Racial Discrimination and Health: Exploring the Possible Protective Effects of Ethnic Density

  • Mai Stafford
  • Laia Bécares
  • James Nazroo
Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 3)


The work described in this chapter aims to widen the focus of research on ethnicity and health to highlight how the residential context can shape the everyday experiences and health of ethnic minority groups. Ethnic inequalities in health are well documented, with both a poorer economic position and exposure to racism leading to poorer health for several of the UK’s ethnic minority groups. However, an emerging literature suggests that ethnic density may mitigate some of these effects. Possible protective pathways that may link greater ethnic density to better ethnic minority health are explored.


Ethnic Minority Social Cohesion Racial Discrimination Civic Engagement Ethnic Minority Group 
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This work was supported by the United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council (grant RES-163-25-0043). M. S. was supported by a United Kingdom National Institute for Health Research personal award. We would like to thank John D’Souza at the National Centre for Social Research for his assistance with data linkage on this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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