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Siraj (2011a) Isolated, invisible, and in the closet: The life story of a Scottish Muslim This study by Siraj (2011a) examines sexuality and Islam against the backdrop of life in Glasgow. In recent years, much research on lesbian identity and male homosexuality within an Islamic context has been published. Siraj (2009) explores Muslim attitudes towards homosexuality and perceptions of gender, Siraj (2014) explores how Muslim men construct and articulate their masculine identity and Hopkins (2009) presents related research. Yet research combining Islam and lesbian sexuality has been noticeably absent. Consequently, Siraj (2011a) responds to this research gap publishing an account of the life experiences of a Scottish Muslim lesbian woman living in Glasgow. The account sheds light on an important, hitherto untold and often hidden story. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2011b) Meanings of modesty and the hijab amongst Muslim women in Glasgow, Scotland Siraj (2011b) provides a fascinating insight into debate surrounding the wearing of the hijab by Muslim women in Glasgow. The debate centres around whether or not the hijab is an obligatory part of Islamic dress for women. The issue is contested by Muslim feminists and traditional Muslim scholars. In addition, the author explores the meanings Muslim women in Glasgow attach to the hijab and modesty. Data is collected though interviews with female Muslim respondents half of whom did not wear the hijab. The study delivers some interesting findings, principally that both wearers and non-wearers of the hijab expressed consensus on the value of the hijab in relation to female modesty. Respondents were, however, divided on the issue of whether or not the hijab is a necessary piece of clothing. This study by Siraj (2011b) places the topic within a distinctly Scottish context and reveals the central importance of the concept of space to veiling practices. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2014) “Men are hard … Women are soft”: Muslim men and the construction of masculine identity Siraj (2014) defines masculinity as a social construct which comprises values and qualities commonly attributed to males. The author conducts interviews with Muslim men in Glasgow for an analysis that explores how Muslim men construct and articulate their own masculine identity. Participants were drawn from a number of ethnicities, including Pakistani, Arab, Indian, and African. The paper includes a contextual overview of prominent social science research on masculinity along with a more recent study of the construction of Muslim men’s masculinity. Siraj (2014) analyses the concept of masculinity as expressed by the study respondents within the context of their religion. The research explores respondents’ narratives of how they define, construct and maintain their own masculine identities. The author finds that Muslim men construct masculinity within both biological and religious frameworks. For further studies of Muslim masculinities see also Hopkins (2004) and Hopkins (2009). Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Smyth (2000) I feel this challenge and I don't have the background: Teaching bilingual pupils in Scottish primary schools This study by Smyth (2000) provides an insight into the practice of teaching bilingual children in Scottish primary schools. The research was undertaken prior to the increase in demand for English language learning which followed EU Accession. The first languages spoken by the children in the schools included in this study were Cantonese, Punjabi and Urdu. The study includes interviews with teachers which afford a fascinating insight into their thoughts and experiences. The research found that although those interviewed did not have a set of best practice tools to use when teaching their bilingual pupils, the teachers nonetheless demonstrated a clear appreciation of the central importance of the children’s home language and associated cultural and linguistic connections. This study highlights that educating bilingual children in Scottish primary schools is far more complex than the overarching label of ‘bilingual education’ might suggest. The research demonstrates that adherence to a dominant monolingual model of teaching creates and maintains structural discrimination in the classroom. Also see Foley (2013) for a review of English as an Additional Language (EAL) policy and practice. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Academic research
Smyth and Kum (2010) 'When they don't use it they will lose it': Professionals, deprofessionalization and reprofessionalization: The case of refugee teachers in Scotland This study by Smyth and Kum (2010) examines the issues faced by teachers who are either refugees or seeking asylum in Scotland. The research delivers a valuable insight into their attempts to re-enter the teaching profession in Scotland. The study investigates barriers and discrimination faced by refugee teachers. Notably, barriers are more prevalent for teachers seeking asylum as they are prohibited from undertaking paid employment. The study also highlights the difficulties encountered, and support required, by some refugee teachers attempting to complete the General Teaching Council for Scotland registration process. The authors draw attention to the fact that many refugees, despite being well educated, are often only able to secure unskilled employment. Their access to their profession is impeded and this impacts on refugee teachers’ integration into Scottish society. Also, such impediment deprives Scotland of a diverse teaching cohort. The study’s findings have clear implications for refugees from other professional backgrounds both in Scotland and elsewhere. Also see the report on the same topic by RITeS (2008). Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Journal article
Smyth et al. (2010) Social capital and refugee children: Does it help their integration and education in Scottish schools? In this study by Smyth et al. (2010) the authors set out to explore if and how teachers and refugee pupils understand social capital and any subsequent impact it may have on their families and other networks beyond the school environment. The research involved interviews with staff and pupils and observing teaching and learning within one primary and one secondary school in Glasgow and centred on exploring questions related to whether or not the selected schools intentionally develop social capital amongst their pupils from refugee families. In addition, Smyth et al. (2010) ask what forms of social capital are central within the school environment, while also investigating if cultural and economic capitals operate and interact with the development of social capital. The study finds that although teachers interviewed within the selected schools may not necessarily use themselves the term social capital, they were found to be employing a range of practices which enable refugee pupils to build social relationships and networks. Read More Visit site Free Refugee Glasgow City Journal article
Snyder (2011) Un/settling Angels: Faith-based organizations and asylum-seeking in the UK Snyder (2011) investigates the rationale behind Church support for people seeking asylum in Scotland. The author also discusses the challenges and impediments such faith-based organisations face when attempting to provide such support. The study centres on three key aspects of religious organisations’ activities in relation to their work with asylum seekers. These are transcendent motivation, organisation and strategies and mobilisation of resources. The study reviews the aspects of support the Church provides to aid settlement. Pastoral care, worship and advocacy aimed to help new arrivals settle are discussed in addition to church-led efforts designed to question negative attitudes, raise awareness and influence Government policy. By exploring how churches work with people seeking asylum, the study contributes to the under-researched area of the role played by faith-based organisations in supporting new arrivals to the UK. The research demonstrates the strong contribution churches make to the provision of support for asylum seekers. The author proposes that more work needs to be done to explore non-Christian engagement in this area. Read More Visit site £ Asylum seeker, Refugee UK Journal article
Spencer et al. (2004) Refugees and other new migrants: a review of the evidence on successful approaches to integration This review of the evidence base on successful approaches to the integration of refugees and new migrants was commissioned in early 2004. The primary purpose of the work was to inform discussions at the Home Office’s 2004 UK National Integration Conference ‘What works locally? Balancing national and local policies’. The National Integration Conference is an annual event for researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in the refugee integration field, aimed at developing a coherent understanding of what interventions are effective in this area and shaping future policy and research agendas. The Home Office commissioned a literature review on the evidence base on successful approaches to the integration of refugees and other new migrants in the UK, focusing on five facets – community relations, housing, employment, health and education. The purpose of the review was to identify: • the integration outcomes for refugees and other recent migrants on each facet of integration; • factors contributing to those outcomes; • the effectiveness of interventions undertaken to improve outcomes; and • the quality of the evidence base and how it can be improved. Read More Visit site Free UK Literature Review
Statistical profile of migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) using data from Scotland’s Census 2011 The purpose of the Migration Matters Scotland project was to understand the needs of migrant populations in Scotland and assist public bodies plan and provide support services in line with migrant needs. National Records of Scotland had responsibility for undertaking Scotland’s Census 2011 and became involved in the Migration Matters Scotland project to: - assist public bodies to utilise fully the census data available. - provide additional data on the key groups of interest that had not previously been published. The Migration Matters Scotland project had a particular emphasis on non-EU migrants and the purpose of this report was to provide Scotland’s Census 2011 statistics on this migrant group as they were not part of the standard outputs. National Records of Scotland became involved in the project in order to provide appropriate data and offer some guidance on how census data can best be used. Read More Visit site Free TCN Scotland Scottish Government document
Stewart (2005) Employment and integration of refugee doctors in Scotland This study is part of a wider body of work undertaken by the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM) launched by the UN Secretary-General. This approach has been taken in recognition of the importance of migration to the international community. The resulting reports published as part of the Global Migration Perspectives collection are intended as a contribution to discourse on international migration. This report by Stewart (2005) examines the integration of refugees and asylum seekers from a Scottish perspective. The study examines the issue of integration using the employment of refugee doctors as a case study. The study reviews Glasgow’s position in the context of the UK’s asylum dispersal policy, highlighting the structural impediments that may impact on employment. The research also notes that integration is a process that draws unique individual and institutional factors together. This collaborative research project - conducted in Glasgow - exposes the challenges to integration which stem from UK legislative frameworks, most notably the policy of precluding asylum seekers from employment. Read More Visit site Free Asylum seeker, Refugee Scotland Independent research

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