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Unwilling Citizens? Muslim young people and national identity

Thomas, Paul and Sanderson, Pete (2011) Unwilling Citizens? Muslim young people and national identity. Sociology, 45 (6). pp. 1028-1044. ISSN 0038-0385

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    Abstract

    Muslim youth ‘identities’ are at the forefront of recent policy concern in the UK. The 2001 riots in northern towns apparently revealed alienated Muslim communities living ‘parallel lives’ and failing to share British identity. Whilst highly contested, the resulting new priority of Community Cohesion and debates around ‘Britishness’ have moved forward. The 7/7 bombings and subsequent terror plots arguably confirmed the picture of Muslim youth oppositional to British values, prompting the blaming of multiculturalism and attempts to ‘prevent violent extremism’. Such policies have offered little evidence on how Muslim young people actually view their identity. This article draws on research in Oldham and Rochdale to explore how Muslim young people understand their Identifications and how this relates to understandings of national identity. In doing so, it explores the role of multiculturalism and community cohesion in the identities of young British Muslims and the implications for policy.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Cohesion, Ethnicity, Extremism, Identity, Muslim.
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
    H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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    Depositing User: Paul Thomas
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 15:09
    Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:44
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/12163

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