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Is there assimilation in minority groups' national, ethnic and religious identity?

Platt, Lucinda ORCID: 0000-0002-8251-6400 (2013) Is there assimilation in minority groups' national, ethnic and religious identity? Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37 (1). pp. 46-70. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870.2013.808756


Ethnic and religious minority identity is a subject of intense public debate and academic scrutiny. While assimilation theories anticipate convergence of identity across the generations, discussions of reactive ethnicity, transnational identification and religious revival suggest that there may be a deepening or shifting of minority identity in the second generation. Yet the empirical evidence in support of these different perspectives is far from conclusive. Drawing on a rich data source for the UK, this paper addresses the question of whether minority ethnic groups in Britain show identity assimilation in the second generation. It concludes that both public and private forms of identification with the majority increase across generations, and minority identities tend to become less salient. This is true across ethnic groups, although there are differences in underlying levels and patterns of identity, reflecting variation in contexts of reception and migration.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 10:34
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:43

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