Changing Ethnic Identities

Modood, T., Beishon, S. and Virdee, S. (1994) Changing Ethnic Identities. Series: PSI research report (794). Policy Studies Institute: London. ISBN 9780853746461

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The British population includes over 3 million people with origins outside Europe. New cultures are taking root in and adapting to Britain and, as part of the new trend in 'identity politics', British race relations are increasingly being shaped by new forms of minority ethnic and religious assertiveness.<p></p> What are these new forms of identities? To what extent are they rooted in cultural difference? Or are they mainly a reaction to racism? Do different minority groups emphasise different aspects of their heritage, and how do they reconcile a commitment to those heritages with being British? This book represents the first comparative study based on original fieldwork covering two generations of Caribbeans and the main South Asian groups on what their ethnic background means to them. It examines the basis of ethnic identity in family life, community languages, religions, marriage choices and in experiences of racial exclusion and forms of political solidarity. It highlights the changes that have taken place and are taking place between the migrant and British-born generation, and challenges those who think in terms of the simplistic oppositions of British-Alien or Black-White. The authors conclude that we need a new view of Britishness and the varieties and forms that it can encompass; a Britishness which allows minorities to make a claim upon it, and to be accepted without having to conform to a narrow cultural norm.<p></p>

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Virdee, Professor Satnam
Authors: Modood, T., Beishon, S., and Virdee, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Policy Studies Institute
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