British Sikh Identity and the Struggle for Distinctiveness and Continuity

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dc.contributor.author Jaspal, Rusi en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-11T11:03:11Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-11T11:03:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Jaspal, R. (2012). British Sikh Identity and the Struggle for Distinctiveness and Continuity. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 23 (3), pp. 225-239 en
dc.identifier.issn 1052-9284
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/8038
dc.description.abstract Sikhs constitute a high proportion of the ethnic minority population in Britain. Yet, social psychologists have largely neglected this demographically important religious group, leaving much of the theorising to anthropologists and sociologists. The present study explores how a group of British-born Sikhs understood and defined their Sikh identities, focussing upon strategies for safeguarding the continuity and distinctiveness of this identity. Ten individuals were interviewed. Informed by identity process theory, the transcripts were subjected to thematic analysis. Three superordinate themes are reported, namely (i) “Freedom and gender equality”: the ‘essence’ of Sikh identity; (ii) Continuing the legacy of the Gurus; and (iii) Maintaining group continuity and distinctiveness in a threatening social context. Theoretical and practical implications of the research are discussed, particularly in relation to intergroup relations. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.title British Sikh Identity and the Struggle for Distinctiveness and Continuity en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.2115
dc.researchgroup Psychology en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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