The ‘Windrush generation’ as a discursive construction: the representation of a migrant group in UK public discourse

Fri 06 May 2022, 14.35-14.55

Dr Sharon Walker, University of Bristol

For this talk, I am interested in the representation of the ‘Windrush generation’. Echoing, Taylor (2020) in her paper ‘Representing the Windrush generation’, I am interested in the shifts in representation – the continuities and discontinuities – of this migrant group of around half a million people who moved to the UK from Caribbean countries between 1948 to 1971.

However, I am particularly interested in the emergence of the term ‘Windrush generation’ – by whom is it used, and what it makes visible (or invisible). My thoughts in this area are still forming and this talk will be a good opportunity to engage with others.

Taylor. C. (2020). Representing the Windrush generation: metaphor in discourses then and now, Critical Discourse Studies, 17(1), 1-21.

About the speaker

Dr Sharon Walker is a lecturer in Racial Justice and Education. Her research examines the material and discursive processes that reproduce the idea of racial difference, and racist practices and outcomes in education systems. Her work addresses UK education policy and issues of race and racism in the field of education and development. A former primary school teacher, she also works closely with school leaders to strengthen teacher knowledge and capacity in taking forward anti-racist and decolonising initiatives.


Dr Sharon Walker is a founding member and facilitator of the Race, Empire and Education Collective.