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Britishness and identity assimilation among the UK’s minority and majority ethnic groups

  • Nandi, Alita
  • Platt, Lucinda

Public and academic debate has revealed concern with the extent and implications of national identification among minority groups in Western societies. In this paper we present new analysis of Understanding Society that expands the limited evidence on minority identification. Drawing on Berry’s acculturation framework, we explore patterns of dual minority and majority identification among the UK’s minority ethnic groups. We find that minorities tend to hold strong British identities; but that there are variations in identity acculturation across minority groups and by generation. We also show that there is substantial heterogeneity in the identities of the White British population.

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Paper provided by Understanding Society at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series Understanding Society Working Paper Series with number 2013-08.

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Date of creation: 18 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ese:ukhlsp:2013-08
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