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‘Blue squares’, ‘proper’ Muslims and transnational networks Narratives of national and religious identities amongst young Muslim men living in Scotland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Hopkins


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Despite the volume of research about identities of various shapes and forms, few studies have explored young people’s narratives of nation and religion. Drawing on research with young Muslim men in Scotland, this article employs Floya Anthias’s ideas about narratives of location, dislocation and positionality in order to seek a deeper understanding and appreciation of the young men’s national and religious identities and affiliations. Although the majority of the young men identify as Scottish Muslims, the meanings and associations of these identity markers vary in strength, nature and meaning, and the young men are also connected with a global network of identifications linking them with family heritages in Asia and Africa.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hopkins PE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ethnicities

Year: 2007

Volume: 7

Issue: 1

Pages: 61-81

Print publication date: 01/03/2007

ISSN (print): 1468-7968

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2706


DOI: 10.1177/1468796807073917


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