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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/615374
Title:
Caste and Identity Processes among British Sikhs in the Midlands
Authors:
Jaspal, Rusi; Takhar, Opinderjit ( 0000-0002-0190-4541 )
Abstract:
This article examines the role of caste in the lives and identities of a small sample of young Sikhs in the English Midlands, using social psychological theory. In many academic writings, there is an implicit representation of caste as a negative aspect of South Asian culture and religion, and of caste identification as a means of oppressing vulnerable outgroups. Twenty-three young Sikhs were interviewed, and the qualitative data were analysed using Identity Process Theory. The following themes are discussed: (i) Caste as a Dormant Social Category, (ii) Anchoring the Caste Ingroup to Positive Social Representations, and (iii) Caste as an Inherent or Constructed Aspect of Identity? It is argued that neither caste nor caste-based prejudice appear to be prominent in the lives and identities of our interviewees but that, because caste is an important symbolic aspect of identity which can acquire salient in particular contexts, some Sikhs may wish to maintain this identity though endogamy. What is understood as caste-based prejudice can be better understood in terms of the downward comparison principle in social psychology. The implications for caste legislation are discussed.
Citation:
Caste and Identity Processes among British Sikhs in the Midlands 2016:1 Sikh Formations
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Sikh Formations
Issue Date:
27-Jun-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/615374
DOI:
10.1080/17448727.2016.1147174
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17448727.2016.1147174
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1744-8735
Appears in Collections:
CTTR

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dc.contributor.authorJaspal, Rusien
dc.contributor.authorTakhar, Opinderjiten
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-01T14:50:05Z-
dc.date.available2016-07-01T14:50:05Z-
dc.date.issued2016-06-27-
dc.identifier.citationCaste and Identity Processes among British Sikhs in the Midlands 2016:1 Sikh Formationsen
dc.identifier.issn1744-8735en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17448727.2016.1147174-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/615374-
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the role of caste in the lives and identities of a small sample of young Sikhs in the English Midlands, using social psychological theory. In many academic writings, there is an implicit representation of caste as a negative aspect of South Asian culture and religion, and of caste identification as a means of oppressing vulnerable outgroups. Twenty-three young Sikhs were interviewed, and the qualitative data were analysed using Identity Process Theory. The following themes are discussed: (i) Caste as a Dormant Social Category, (ii) Anchoring the Caste Ingroup to Positive Social Representations, and (iii) Caste as an Inherent or Constructed Aspect of Identity? It is argued that neither caste nor caste-based prejudice appear to be prominent in the lives and identities of our interviewees but that, because caste is an important symbolic aspect of identity which can acquire salient in particular contexts, some Sikhs may wish to maintain this identity though endogamy. What is understood as caste-based prejudice can be better understood in terms of the downward comparison principle in social psychology. The implications for caste legislation are discussed.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17448727.2016.1147174en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Sikh Formationsen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectCasteen
dc.subjectSikh Identityen
dc.subjectCaste legislation in Britain,en
dc.subjectIdentity Process Theoryen
dc.titleCaste and Identity Processes among British Sikhs in the Midlandsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSikh Formationsen
dc.date.accepted2016-05-
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