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Barnard and Turner (2011) Poverty and ethnicity: A review of evidence Barnard and Turner (2011) produced this report on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It examines existing evidence on the relationship between poverty and ethnicity. The report succinctly summarises the evidence within the domains of education, work, caring, social networks, inequality and the role of place. The report also emphasises the need to understand the connection between these domains and features of ethnic identity, whether religion, age or gender related. In addition, the influence of community actions, location and broader interactions with wider structures - such as social services, the labour market and social norms - on outcomes for an individual is considered. While the report also draws attention to migrant worker susceptibility to low-paid and low-status employment, importantly, it also offers a better understanding of how to support action on poverty amongst ethnic groups. Read More Visit site Free UK Third sector
Crawford et al. (2012) Migration and health in Glasgow and its relevance to GoWell This report by Crawford et al. (2012) was produced for the collaborative partnership GoWell (See www.gowellonline.com). With a focus on health and Wellbeing;in Glasgow, the study provides a brief historical background, an examination of the impact of migration through areas such as policy, regeneration, legislation and analysis of migration patterns. It also provides interesting detail of ethnic composition and demographic changes within the boundaries of the GoWell study area. The report reviews findings from survey data which report that migrants declare themselves to be in better health than fellow residents within their local community area. The report helps contextualise the GoWell study findings and provides an insightful account of the impact of previous and current migration patterns, the influence of policy, and the effects of migration on health in Glasgow. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City Public sector
de Lima et al. (2011) Community consultation on poverty and ethnicity in Scotland The study by de Lima et al. (2011) seeks better understanding of income disparity and associated levels of poverty across a number of ethnic groups. Low paid Chinese, Eastern European, white Scottish and Traveller ethnic groups are included in the study. Research is conducted in Fife and Highland regions and local stakeholders contribute to the data that is analysed. Interviews sought to examine the perceptions of meaning and causes of poverty, its impact and the strategies employed to manage and ultimately escape the poverty trap. The study provides a fascinating insight into first-hand accounts of different ethnic groups’ experiences of poverty in Scotland. The subsequent discussion of policy implications is also valuable. See Barnard and Turner (2011) which examines evidence on the relationship between poverty and ethnicity across a number of domains, likewise Netto et al. (2011) and Hudson et al. (2013) which examines the link between ethnicity and poverty experienced by low paid workers. Read More Visit site Free Highland, Fife Third sector
Deuchar (2011) People look at us the way we dress and they think we’re gangsters - bonds, bridges, gangs and refugees - A qualitative study of inter-cultural social capital in Glasgow Deuchar (2011) draws attention to the interplay between Glasgow’s youth (gang) culture and marginalisation of young refugees. The study explores the concept of inter-cultural social capital, based on assertions that those communities who exhibit higher levels of inter-cultural social capital offer optimum conditions for refugee integration. Communities in which higher levels of social bonding and disconnection are displayed are less successful when it comes to conditions for refugee integration as these factors can inhibit inter-cultural integration. It is argued that gang solidarity can even promote intolerance. Deuchar (2011) identifies gang membership, albeit territorial in nature, as providing a platform for ethnic solidarity and consequently racial prejudice. Although a small-scale study, its strength lies in laying a foundation for the exploration of this fascinating area. The authors call for policy that reflects the need to develop social capital within multi-ethnic urban communities, and consider the potential for community initiatives to build inter-cultural cohesion. Read More Visit site £ Refugee Glasgow City Journal article
Guma, Taulant (2015) The ethnicisation of need: questioning the role of ethnicity in the provision of support and services for post-accession migrants in Glasgow This policy paper focuses on the role that ethnicity played in the provision of support and services for post-accession migrants living in Glasgow, based on intensive ethnographic fieldwork conducted throughout 2012 with Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants living in the city. It is based on the PhD research project ‘Everyday negotiations of in/securities and risks: an ethnographic study amongst Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants in Glasgow’ which was co-funded by the ESRC and Glasgow City Council. The paper argues that using ethnicity as a straightforward, ‘naturally existing’ category and making it a requirement for individuals’ access to certain services has problematic implications for affected migrants as well as service providers and policy-makers. Read More Visit site Free EU, A8 Glasgow Academic research
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
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
Netto et al. (2011) Poverty and ethnicity in Scotland This substantial report by Netto et al. (2011) examines the relationship between ethnicity and poverty as found in Scotland. The report examines ethnic minority vulnerability to poverty and considers how vulnerable groups might escape the poverty trap. Covering a wide-range of factors - including income and employment, health, educational attainment, housing and homelessness - the report also presents a review of existing statistical data with the aim of identifying potential sources of quantitative evidence. A superior evidence base would allow researchers to better gauge the incidence and extent of poverty, deprivation and related problems in Scotland’s ethnic minority populations. This report by Netto et al. (2011) goes a considerable way towards addressing the research gap in Scotland on the relationship between poverty and ethnicity. The study highlights the distinct demographic and settlement patterns found in Scotland which are unlike those found in other parts of the UK. Under-researched topic areas which would benefit from further study are also identified. Read More Visit site Free Scotland Third sector
Saeed et al. (1999) New ethnic and national questions in Scotland: Post-British identities among Glasgow Pakistani teenagers This study explores the intriguing topic of some of the hyphenated identities found within contemporary Scotland. With a focus on Glasgow, Saeed et al. (1999) explore young Pakistani teenagers own preferred identities. The youth participating in the research use a number of hyphenated labels which include national, ethnic and religious descriptors. The authors explore the choices these young men make when choosing an identity label. The analysis reveals that Muslim labels are often preferred over other descriptors. The study notes that contemporary, plural identities used by ethnic minorities can at times sit awkwardly within the traditional concept of Britishness, which can be further compounded by the influence of Scottish identity. For a demographic study of Scotland’s Pakistani community see Bailey et al. (1995) and Hopkins (2004), which examines identity for young Scottish-Muslim men in a post 9/11 context. Also see Hopkins (2007b) for further global contexts and Hopkins (2007a) for a reflection on transnational and religious identities. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Ugolini (2006) Memory, war and the Italians in Edinburgh: The role of communal myth With a focus on Edinburgh, this article by Ugolini (2006) sheds light on the diverse experiences of Italian immigrants during the Second World War when Britain and Italy were on opposing sides. This was a distressing time for many Italian immigrants across Britain (many were forced to relocate or moved to internment camps). The range of experiences in the Italian community have been suppressed and lost over time, supplanted by a dominant elite mythical narrative. Ugolini (2006) examines the construction of such lasting myths and frames the animosity shown towards the Italian community in wartime Britain within a context of reflection on general anti-alien sentiment. Also see Ugolini (2013) for a related study. Read More Visit site £ City of Edinburgh Journal article