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Hill et al. (2007) Inter‐ethnic relations among children at school: the perspectives of young people in Scotland Hill et al. (2007) deliver a fascinating insight into the views of children and their perceptions of ethnicity in the school environment. The study captures the opinions of both white and ethnic minority children as they make the important transition from primary to secondary school. Although there were some exceptions, most children expressed the view that their cultural or religious differences were respected by their schools. Teachers too emerged as being free from racist behaviour but regarded by some children as responding inadequately to incidences of racism. Some respondents voiced the opinion that some teachers exhibited favouritism. However, for the majority of ethnic minority children, ethnic background played little part in terms of achievement, making friends and attitudes towards school. See also Deuchar and Bhopal (2013) who explore issues face by Traveller children and include the children’s own experiences of attending school. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
HMIe (2009) Count us in: Meeting the needs of children and young people newly arrived in Scotland This report by HM Inspectorate of Education is primarily intended for teaching staff and support workers involved in pre-school centres, primary and secondary schools. The report would also be of interest however to a wide range of parties interested in supporting migrant children and their families such as community learning and development staff, English as an additional language and bilingual support services staff, youth workers, voluntary organisations, and community and faith groups. The report discusses the practices Scottish schools have adopted to provide support for newly arrived migrant children and their families – this includes examples of measures introduced by school staff to help new arrivals feel welcome, increase their confidence and fulfil their potential. In addition, the report also highlights areas where Scottish schools and education authorities could improve their provision of learning and support for all learners. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Scottish Government
Hopkins (2004) Young Muslim men in Scotland: inclusions and exclusions In the context of a post 9/11 world, Hopkins (2004) examines the complex issues surrounding national identity for young Scottish Muslim men. With a focus on Scotland’s two main urban centres (Glasgow and Edinburgh) the study presents the views of the young Muslim men gathered through focus groups and interviews. The study finds that those who display visible markers of their Islamic identity within the Muslim community are more marginalised within Scottish society. For more studies on this topic, see the same authors’ later works; Hopkins (2007b) which challenges the view that Scotland’s youth are disengaged from mainstream politics, Hopkins (2007a) a study of the importance of global connections for young Scottish Muslim men and Hopkins (2009) a study which focuses on the experience of young Muslim men in Edinburgh and Glasgow within the context of debates around masculinity. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City, City of Edinburgh Journal article
Hopkins (2007a) ‘Blue squares’, ‘proper’ Muslims and transnational networks: Narratives of national and religious identities amongst young Muslim men living in Scotland Hopkins’ (2007a) study highlights the importance of global connections to young Scottish Muslim men in terms of their African or Asian heritage, and the ways in which markers of their identity vary considerably. The study explores issues of religion and nation from the perspective of young Muslim men in Scotland, placing their own narratives within the context of narratives of location, dislocation and positionality as offered by Floya Anthias. Also see related work by the same author: Hopkins (2004) which, examines the complexity of national identity for young Scottish Muslim men in a post 9/11 context, Hopkins (2007b) which challenges the view that Scotland’s youth are disengaged from mainstream politics and Hopkins (2009) which focuses on the experience of young Muslim men in Edinburgh and Glasgow within the context of debate surrounding masculinity. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Journal article
Hopkins (2007b) Global events, national politics, local lives: young Muslim men in Scotland Hopkins’ (2007b) study challenges the notion that Scotland’s youth are disengaged from mainstream politics. In so doing, it highlights the specific experiences of young Muslim men living within Scotland’s urban areas, placing their lives within a global context which takes events post 9/11 into account. One of the particular strengths of this study is the emphasis placed on the views of young Muslim men, which gives them a principal voice in the analysis. This study builds effectively on some of the authors’ earlier work, see for example Hopkins (2004) which examines the complex issue of national identity for young Scottish Muslim men in our post 9/11 era, Hopkins (2007a) for a study on the importance of global connections to young Scottish Muslim men and Hopkins (2009) for a study focussing on the experience of young Muslim men in Edinburgh and Glasgow within the context of debates around masculinity. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Journal article
Hopkins (2008) Race, nation and politics: the difference that Scotland makes Hopkins (2008) draws attention to the distinct differences found in Scotland on matters of race and racism and contrasts these with the views held elsewhere in the United Kingdom. In a review of past research, the author firstly outlines the similarities that can be found within both the Scottish and UK contexts prior to highlighting differences that are evident. One of the key differences found is that of diversity. Scotland is home to far less diversity and distribution within the Black and ethnic minority population than England which differs both in population size and composition. Scotland’s brand of civic nationalism also differs from types of nationalism found elsewhere in the UK. This variance is evidenced by Asian electoral support for the Scottish National Party. Most notably, the author makes the point that although immigration is a reserved issue for which Westminster retains responsibility, the distinct differences found within Scotland’s legal, education, health and social work systems may play a key role in how matters of equality and diversity are experienced within Scottish society. Read More Visit site £ Scotland Book
Hopkins (2009) Responding to the ‘crisis of masculinity’: the perspectives of young Muslim men from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland This study by Hopkins (2009) examines the experience of young Muslim men in Edinburgh and Glasgow within the context of debate around masculinity. The author reveals how issues such as social class, family expectation and the young men’s own interests are part of an intricate set of issues which inform their response to questions of masculinity. The study is a welcome addition to the literature on an under-researched group within a context that is more often than not centred on the experiences of white working class youth and young black men. For further studies on Muslim masculinities and gender see Hopkins (2004) which examines the complexity of national identity for young Scottish Muslim men, Siraj (2009) which explores Muslim attitudes towards homosexuality and perceptions of gender; Siraj (2010) on how Muslim couples employ religion in reproduction of patriarchal family structures and gendered identities and Siraj (2014) who explores how Muslim men construct and articulate their masculine identity. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City, City of Edinburgh Journal article
Hudson et al. (2013) In-work poverty, ethnicity and workplace cultures This report by Hudson et al. (2013) supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examines the link between ethnicity and poverty experienced by low paid workers. In doing so, the report draws attention to the barriers low paid workers face in trying to progress and develop their career. The study includes a discussion of the role played by workplace cultures in the process of finding a way out of in-work poverty. The research is based on information gathered from interviews and workshops conducted in England and Scotland in both semi-rural and urban areas (which remain anonymous in the study). The report highlights informal workplace practices which disproportionately affect ethnic minorities, serve to perpetuate in-work poverty and undermine formal equal opportunity policies. The report includes an impressive list of recommendations aimed at employers and other key stakeholders (such as national and local Government, trade unions, equalities and community organisations) and seen as pivotal for any attempts to address the imbalance. Read More Visit site Free Scotland, England Third sector
Irwin, McAreavey and Murphy, The Economic and Social Mobility of Ethnic Minority Communities in Northern Ireland This research examines poverty across the different ethnic minority groups in Northern Ireland, following a period of unprecedented inward migration. The report aims to address significant gaps in knowledge and data on employment patterns and experiences of ethnic minority communities. It found that: The worst outcomes relating to economic activity, labour market participation, education and health were among the Irish Traveller community; Ability in spoken English is perceived as a key factor in supporting promotion and progression in the labour market; and Focus groups with individuals of various ethnic minority backgrounds highlighted a perception that ‘ethnic markers’, along with unfamiliarity with formal recruitment practices and a lack of networks, played a significant role in restricting access to the labour market. Ethnic minorities were at particular risk of in-work poverty. Read More Visit site Free Northern Ireland Research Report
Jack (2009) Eastern European migrant workers and the Scottish tourism industry: The economic impact Unravelling and making sense of the impact of migration is no easy task, one that is often hampered by the reliability and availability of data and the lack of a nationwide system to measure accurate migration flows. Nonetheless, this social and cultural study of the impact of migration by Jack (2009) investigates the impact Eastern European migrant workers have had on the Scottish tourism industry. The analysis presented includes only those migrants who are registered on the Workers Registration Scheme. Migrant labour emerges as a significant and valued contributor to the tourism industry. The study identifies language proficiency as a significant issue for employers in the sector, the same issue is also highlighted as crucial for Eastern European migrant workers in relation to remuneration and access to services. Tourism provides employment for approximately 2,000 people and worth several billion pounds annually, this study is a welcome look at the impact of migration on one of Scotland’s most important industries. Read More Visit site Free EU Scotland Independent research

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