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How might we expect minorities’ feelings of ethnic, religious and British identity to change, especially among the second and third generation?

Government Office for Science (2013) How might we expect minorities’ feelings of ethnic, religious and British identity to change, especially among the second and third generation? Future Identities: changing identities in the UK – the next 10 years (URN 13/517). Foresight, Government Office for Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London, UK.

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This review outlines current and emerging findings on minority ethnic and religious identity change across generations in the UK. It explores research on the maintenance, decline or transformation of minority identities into the second, and, as far as evidence permits, the third generation. It relates these to some specific theoretical postulations in the literature in this area, and discusses the extent to which those positions are supported by contemporary evidence. Specifically, it draws on analysis of three key national data sets: Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study, the Citizenship Survey and the Ethnic Minority British Election Study. Based on the premise that identities are a) a significant element of psychological makeup and b) are potentially consequential for (or founded in) behaviours and patterns of association, it explores ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ identities as well as majority and minority identities. That is, rather than perceiving identification as an either/or position, it considers the degree of identification. This allows for the fact that individuals may categorise themselves in particular ways without any strong attachment necessarily resulting from such self-description. It also assesses the evidence for association between identity and behaviour / attitudes. It evaluates what this evidence might imply for identity and identity change over the next 10 years. The next section outlines briefly some key theories utilised and evaluated in the review. This is followed, in Section 3, by a short description of the key data sources from which the evidence is drawn and a discussion of definitions and measures. Subsequent sections look in turn at: British identity (section 4); religious identity (section 5); dual identities and psychological acculturation (section 6); identity and behaviour (section 7), and mixed ethnic categories and mixed identities (section 8). In each instance, the implications for the next ten years are drawn out. The review ends with some brief conclusions and two caveats or limitations.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2013 Crown copyright
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 13:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:22

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