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.

Bibliographic reference:

Saeed, A., Blain, N. and Forbes, D. (1999) New ethnic and national questions in Scotland: post-British identities among Glasgow Pakistani teenagers. Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol.22(5), pp.821-844.







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