Of Bangladeshi Immigrant Fathers and Their British Second-Generation Daughters

By Shamea Yasmin Mia.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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Published online: August 4, 2016 $US5.00

This article will examine the types of relationships certain young second-generation British Bangladeshi Muslim women have with their parents of first generation, particularly with their fathers, the languages spoken with them, and the meanings and emotions associated with this. This article also looks at how language is understood by young women from educated family backgrounds, and how language might also have the potential for these young women to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and identities. In investigating relationships between first-generation parents and their daughters, this article particularly focuses on the emotions evoked when migrant parents pass on historical cultures. It examines how migration affects respondents directly and explores notions of integration by looking at how intergenerational dialogue can influence understandings of communal boundaries and transgressions. Through its focus on relationships within the family, the article examines how certain young women are able to create spaces of understanding and speak from the different historical positions they inhabit.

Keywords: British-Bangladeshi, Fathers, Intergenerational Dialogue, Muslim Women, Second-Generation Daughters

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 16, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.15-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 685.176KB)).

Shamea Yasmin Mia

Researcher, “Shared Memories for Dialogues” Project (Principal Investigator: Dr. Federico Farini), Department of Children, Young People and Education, University of Suffolk, UK