South Asians in Britain: Acculturation, Cultural Identity and Perceived Discrimination

By Lena Robinson.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The paper examines and compares the acculturation attitudes and cultural identity of Indian and Pakistani second generation adolescents in Britain (Scotland and England). The study integrates a social psychological approach to ethnic identity, Berry’s acculturation strategy and stress models and Phinney’s model of ethnic identification. There were 480 adolescents aged 13-18 years. Results from this study suggested that the majority of Indian youth in England adopted integration strategies as opposed to Pakistani Muslims who adopted a separation strategy. Ethnic identity scores were high for Indian and Pakistani youth in England and Scotland. Perceived discrimination was related to acculturation strategies.

Keywords: Acculturation, Cultural Identity, Pakistani Muslims, Indian

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.71-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.264MB).

Prof. Lena Robinson

Professor of Social Work, School of Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Glasgow, UK

I have researched and published widely in the field of race, ethnicity and culture. I have recently published a unique text on ‘Cross-cultural child development for social workers’, Macmillan/Palgrave and the second edition of my book on Psychology for Social Workers: Black Perspectives, Routledge/Taylor & Francis will be published next year. I am currently involved in an international study of Mutual Intercultural Relations in Plural Societies, 22 countries are involved.


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