A White Side of Black Britain is based on a long period of field research. Fund-
ing for that research was provided in the early stages by the Royalty Re-
search Fund at the University of Washington (1996–97), the Dean’s Office
at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1998–2001), and the Soci-
ology Department at Duke University (2003–4). The Rockefeller Founda-
tion provided me with a one-month residency at the Bellagio Study and
Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, in July 2001, which enabled me to
analyze data and complete drafts of two chapters. I am especially grate-
ful for the friendships I developed there with Carol Wise (University of
Southern California) and Wolfgang Mueller (University of Austria).
I am very grateful to the following chairs in the sociology departments
at Duke University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, who
provided me with generous research leaves or flexible teaching schedules
which enabled me to continue my field research: William Bielby, Phil
Morgan, Beth Schneider, Noah Friedkin, and Verta Taylor. I conducted
much of the research for this book while teaching at the University of
California, Santa Barbara and Duke University. I thank Kim Summer-
field for her generosity, patience, and professionalism as she coordinated
my teaching schedule. I completed the final chapters of this book while
in residence at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I
thank Paul Gilroy and Claire Alexander for their support of my residency.
This book would not have been possible without the support of the
African Caribbean community in Leicester. Many people graciously wel-
comed me into their homes and their lives. They supported my research
despite the emotional burdens that it placed on them and their fami-
lies. Members of the community assisted me in various ways including
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