Social representations of Britishness among British South Asian gay men

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519 and Ferozali, R., 2020. Social representations of Britishness among British South Asian gay men. South Asian Diaspora. ISSN 1943-8192

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Nationhood can be conceptualised in many different ways and these conceptualisations determine the level of access that ethnic minorities have to a national identity. This study focuses on social representations of Britishness among British South Asian gay men and their impact for constructing and managing national, ethnic and sexual identities. Fifteen individuals were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule and the data were analysed using thematic analysis and social representations theory. The analysis yielded three themes focusing on the racial representation of Britishness, which emphasised the centrality of race and was perceived to be exclusionary; the multicultural representation, which facilitated both ethnic and British national identification but did not address homophobia in the ethnic ingroup; and the civic/ instrumental representation, which facilitated a sense of belonging in spite of their multiple identities. A civic/ instrumental representation of Britishness appears to be inclusive and may have far-reaching social and psychological benefits.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: South Asian Diaspora
Creators: Jaspal, R. and Ferozali, R.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 18 August 2020
ISSN: 1943-8192
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Aug 2020 15:38
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2022 03:00

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