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Title: Articulated identities : young black Caribbean men negotiating constraints and opportunities in education and community/citizenship
Author: Edwards-Kerr, Deon Marie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2723 5651
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2005
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This study is concerned with understanding what it means to be a young Black Caribbean man in contemporary British society. Specifically, it focused on examining how negotiating constraints and opportunities in education, community and citizenship has facilitated and shaped the participants' identities. The participants were nine young men of Black Caribbean parentage of the second and third generation of their families to be born in Britain. . A qualitative methodology underpinned by Black feminist thinking with an emphasis on experience and post-structuralism's notion of multiplicity was employed as the basis for data collection and analysis. The design of the study incorporated unstructured, one-to-one interviews conducted a minimum of three times with each of the participants and a focus group discussion with seven of the participants to conclude the fieldwork. Applying a discourse analytic approach the study highlights the complex and overlapping processes involved in the participants' attempts to position and reposition their identities, producing multiple locations. In these processes, representations and experiences of inequality are pivotal. The participants' negotiations of the constraints of negative representations, structural inequality and limited opportunities illustrate 'articulated identities' premised on aspirations and ambitions for shifting their unequal position in the current social and economic order, indicating how their lives are being shaped by social process. Their strategies include, deciding to stay on or return to education to acquire qualifications for high status professional jobs, commitment to 'giving back' to community and taking ownership of British citizenship. However, in this process, there are areas of contestation, ambivalence and fracture particularly in notions of 'community' and citizenship.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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