The quest for equal citizenship: Middle Eastern Christian narratives of migration and inclusion in the United Kingdom

Hunter, A. and McCallum Guiney, F. (2020) The quest for equal citizenship: Middle Eastern Christian narratives of migration and inclusion in the United Kingdom. Mashriq and Mahjar, 8(1), pp. 15-43. (doi: 10.24847/v8i12020.288)

[img] Text
222311.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

304kB

Publisher's URL: https://doi.org/10.24847/v8i12020.288

Abstract

This article explores how migrants experience the process of becoming (and being) citizens by taking the understudied case of Middle Eastern Christians of Iraqi and Egyptian heritage residing in the United Kingdom. It is argued that exclusion in the Middle East reinforces a sense of inclusion in the UK particularly due to the prevalence of the rule of law in the UK. However, by exploring a “clash of values” on the role of religion in society and sexual liberalization issues, it is suggested that Middle Eastern Christians’ support for equality and tolerance is not absolute, especially when they perceive societal norms as conflicting with religious teachings. Finally, the paper shows how the notion of “protective patriotism” is used by some Middle Eastern Christians to express their belonging to their new state by defending perceived societal values.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hunter, Dr Alistair
Authors: Hunter, A., and McCallum Guiney, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Mashriq and Mahjar
Publisher:Moise A Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies
ISSN:2169-4435
ISSN (Online):2169-4435
Published Online:08 December 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Moise A Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies
First Published:First published in Mashriq and Mahjar 8(1): 15-43
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record