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Title: Young Muslim men in Scotland : scales of in/exclusion and the location of identity
Author: Hopkins, Peter Eric
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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Ideas about race and racism have been a centre-piece of social geography for as much as 50 years, yet it was not until the 1990s that markers of difference rooted in religion, masculinities and generation achieved the same critical attention. Moreover, while all of these literatures are now well established in the discipline, relatively few studies – within or beyond geography – have sought to bring together. Such rapprochement is at the heart of this thesis, which is concerned with the way ideas about scale(s) are drawn into (and are integral to) the racialised, gendered and ageist processes which in/exclude, dis/connect and de/segregate young Muslim men in Scotland. Engaging with the lived experiences of young people whose voices are usually silenced, often unheard and frequently distorted, this work explores how youth transitions and masculinities are mediated by the geographies of racism and religion. It draws on eleven focus groups and twenty-two individual interviews with more than seventy young Muslim men from two contrasting urban areas. The study is set in a country – Scotland – grappling with its own political futures in a devolved UK. The research builds from this context to consider how scale is constructed, struggled over and used to mark out young Muslim men’s lives – to assign them to categories, to shape their identities – in different times and places. The study engages with a range of issues framed as global, national and local in character and it considers how this framing shapes young men’s experiences of neighbourhoods, homes and personhood. One of the main arguments of this thesis is that, whilst young Muslim men might resist, struggle and connect with scales of this thesis is that, whilst young Muslim men might resist, struggle and connect with scales beyond the local, their personal identities and political futures are rooted in the lived and material cultures that are positioned close by: their sense of self and community is critically shaped by the scales ‘closest in’; the markings on the body; the placing of the home; the character of the street. In conclusion, this study highlights the continuing salience of racism and gender in the young men’s diverse, multiple and heterogeneous everyday lives.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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