Mobilizing Pakistani heritage, approaching marriage

Phillips, Richard, Chambers, Claire, Ali, Nafhesa, Pande, Raksha and Hopkins, Peter (2020) Mobilizing Pakistani heritage, approaching marriage. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43 (16). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0141-9870

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This paper examines the ongoing significance of Pakistani heritage in the lives of young British Pakistani Muslims. Drawing upon interviews with 56 women and men, it explores the link between Pakistani heritage and young peoples’ lives, focusing upon marriage.

Pakistani heritage is widely regarded as a constraint and an anachronism, which young people are jettisoning in favour of religious or secular identities: as Muslims, British, or both. This is a half-truth, at most. Some young people are turning away from Pakistaniness, but others are embracing and exploring versions and elements of this heritage as they make decisions about whether, when and whom to marry.

Whether they are rejecting or embracing Pakistani heritage, young people are actively mobilizing the terms “Pakistan” and “Pakistani” as springboards from which to identify and make life choices. They are exploring possibilities rather than acknowledging inevitabilities, and approaching heritage as a resource rather than a constraint.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: AHRC (AH/N003926/1)
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity, British Pakistani, Pakistani heritage, sexual relationships, Muslim, Marriage
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2022 08:28
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 08:30

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