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<b>History, Culture, Symbols</b>

Asifa Hussain and William Miller

in Multicultural Nationalism

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780199280711
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604102 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199280711.003.0007
 						History, Culture, Symbols

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One-third of English immigrants and two-thirds of Pakistanis want to change Scottish culture, preferring to add to the variety of Scottish customs and traditions rather than attempt to ‘adapt and blend’. Scottish Pakistanis value diversity, wanting a Scotland that is different from its past and different from their own past. They reject a ghetto mentality in favour of a multicultural society, in which they would be integrated but not assimilated. Pakistanis who lack friends outside their community, speak Asian languages at home, read Asian papers, or do not have occupations outside the home or the family business have a particular concern about special ethnic history classes for their children. Few English immigrants want special history classes, but those who have spent longer time in Scotland or have greater links to Scotland and weaker continuing links to England are more inclined to advocate ‘adapting and blending’. There is also behavioural evidence that English immigrants are willing even to adapt their religion.

Keywords: history; culture; symbols; religion; ghetto; adapt; blend; diversity; integration; assimilation

Chapter.  9171 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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