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    Religion and ethnicity: dual and alternative sources of identity among young British Pakistanis

    Jacobson, Jessica (1997) Religion and ethnicity: dual and alternative sources of identity among young British Pakistanis. Ethnic and Racial Studies 20 (2), pp. 238-256. ISSN 0141-9870.

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    Abstract. The aim of this paper is to contribute to scholarly debate about the nature of national identity by exploring a set of empirical data relating to the complex case of Britishness. The paper considers, with reference to the findings of field‐work conducted within a Pakistani community in London, what can be learnt about Britishness from the attitudes of young British Pakistanis. It is apparent that for such young people British national identity does not have a fixed content: their remarks draw attention to several different ‘boundaries of Britishness’ which operate in the popular imagination of people in Britain. These include the civic boundary, according to which citizenship is the primary criterion of nationality; the ‘racial’ boundary which defines as British those individuals believed to have British ancestry or ‘blood’; and the cultural boundary, according to which Britishness is a matter of the culture, values or lifestyle to which one adheres.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): British Pakistanis, Islam, religion, ethnicity, identity, boundaries
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Jessica Jacobson
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 12:55
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:41


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