73 TEN Identity Zanib Rasool In the UK, there is an increased focus on social cohesion and integration (Casey, 2016; DCLG).1 Young people from minority ethnic communities experience a great deal of pressure in order to fit in with the national narrative of ‘Britishness’, and often feel that they should conform outwardly in their dress and physical appearance, and adopt British sociocultural practices. Those individuals who maintain their faith, language and cultural identity are seen as segregating themselves and living parallel lives (Miah, 2012). However
The world of work has changed and so have trade unions with mergers, rebrandings and new unions being formed. The question is, how positioned are the unions to organize the unorganized?
With more than three quarters of UK workers unrepresented and the growth of precarious employment and the gig economy this topical new book by Bob Smale reports up-to-date research on union identities and what he terms ‘niche unionism’, while raising critical questions for the future.
Communities, identities and crime provides a critical exploration of the importance of social identities when considering crime, victimisation and criminal justice.
Offering a refreshing perspective on equality and diversity developments that feature in the policies and practices of criminal justice agencies, the author critically examines:
‘race’ relations legislation, ‘race’ equality and criminal justice gender, crime and victimisation the increasing role that faith communities play in community justice hate crimes committed against individuals, motivated by prejudice community engagement and participation in criminal justice, community cohesion and civil renewal.
The book incorporates a broader theoretical focus, exploring identity theory, late modernity, identity constructions, communities and belongingness. The author also raises important theoretical and methodological issues that a focus upon social identities poses for the subject discipline of criminology.
Clearly written in an engaging style, with case studies and chapter questions used throughout, the book is essential reading for postgraduate students of criminology, criminal justice, social policy, sociology, victimology and law. Undergraduate students and criminal justice practitioners will also find the book informative and researchers will value its theoretical and policy focus.
Co-authored by four high-profile International Relations scholars, this book investigates the implications of the global ascent of China on cross-Strait relations and the identity of Taiwan as a democratic state.
Examining an array of factors that affect identity formation, the authors consider the influence of the rapid military and economic rise of China on Taiwan’s identity. Their assessment offers valuable insights into which policies have the best chance of resulting in peaceful relations and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait and builds a new theory of identity at elite and mass levels. It also possesses implications for the United States-led world order and today’s most critical great power competition.
As debates around ethnic identity and inequality gain both political and media interest, this important book is the first to offer in-depth analysis from the last three UK population censuses focusing on the dynamics of ethnic identity and inequalities in contemporary Britain. While providing a comprehensive overview, it also clarifies concepts associated with greater ethnic diversity, increased segregation, exclusive growth of minority groups through immigration and a national identity crisis.
The contributions, all from experts in the field based at or affiliated to the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, highlight persistent inequalities in access to housing, employment, education and good health faced by some ethnic groups. The book will be a valuable resource for policy makers and researchers in national and local government, community groups, academics, students, and will act as an authoritative text to cite in reports, dissertations and funding applications.
55 THREE Gendering girls, gendering boys: identities in process Introduction In this chapter we explore the ways in which our identities as gendered beings are forged during the early years of our lives. Working with data from the Yorkshire and Humber and drawing on the issue of son preference as an illustrative example, we consider the effect that growing up as a girl in particular gender regimes can have on women’s sense of self. We touch on the classic nature–nurture debates to consider how perceived gender differences in our identities are constructed
71 Families, Relationships and Societies • vol 4 • no 1 • 71–86 • © Policy Press • 2015 ISSN 2046 7435 • ISSN 2046 7466 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674314X14151813380545 Reflections on ourselves: family identities and transient encounters on holiday Janet Finch, email@example.com University of Manchester, UK This article explores the significance of encounters that are fleeting or transient, with people who were previously unknown, in holiday settings. The transient nature of an encounter does not necessarily render it trivial, it is argued
Key findings Ethnic identity is important to people alongside a strong sense of belonging to British society but standardised measures of ethnicity do not fully capture the complex ways that people describe their ethnicity. The free-text ethnic identity responses demonstrate that the standardised ethnic categories do not allow people to accurately express complex ethnic origins and migration experiences; they exclude identities from certain parts of the world and subnational, place-based identities. Ethnic identity is important for most people from
0 five Sexual identities As I sketched out in Chapter One, transgender practices have been the subject of much debate within feminism, lesbian and gay scholarship and queer theory. Moreover, trans sexualities have been subject to intense medical gaze. As Schrock and Reid comment: “Most people [however] do not have their sexual biographies evaluated by mental health professionals who determine whether they can inhabit the bodies they desire” (2006: 84–5). Moreover, these studies have largely neglected the subjective meanings and lived experiences of