Labour market experiences of young UK Bangladeshi men: Identity, inclusion and exclusion in inner-city London

SALWAY, Sarah (2008). Labour market experiences of young UK Bangladeshi men: Identity, inclusion and exclusion in inner-city London. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31 (6), 1126-1152.

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    Abstract

    Detailed qualitative data are used to explore the processes perpetuatinglabour market disadvantage among young UK-Bangladeshi men living in central London. Strong forces of inclusion within the Bangladeshi community are found to interact with forces of exclusion from ‘mainstream’ society to constrain aspirations and limit opportunities. Though diverse forms of young Bangladeshi masculinity are found, a common pattern is heavy dependency on intra-ethnic networks. Negative experiences of and isolation from ‘mainstream’ society further reinforce reliance on ‘our own people’. However, acute ambivalence towards belonging to a dense Bangladeshi community exists, exemplified in the widespread denigration of the restaurant trade. Many respondents express the desire to ‘break out’ and access new experiences. The findings support current policy emphasis on ‘connecting people to work’ but highlight the more fundamental need to connect people across ethnic boundaries. The paper urges researchers to ‘unpack’ ethnicity to consider carefully what ethnic identity implies in terms of access to resources and opportunities for different individuals in different contexts in order better to understand the diversity of labour market outcomes and the persistence of disadvantage.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
    Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870701568916
    Depositing User: Sarah Salway
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2011 17:05
    Last Modified: 22 Aug 2011 17:05
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3795

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