Codes of Cultural Belonging: Racialised National Identities in a Multi-Ethnic Scottish Neighbourhood

S Virdee, C Kyriakides, T Modood

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Abstract

This qualitative study investigates the relationship between race and nation in an ethnically mixed neighbourhood in Glasgow, Scotland. It finds that Scottishness has a historically founded racialised referent at the level of the neighbourhood but that this referent is undermined in everyday life by syncretic codes of cultural belonging represented by signifiers such as accent, dress and mannerisms. However, these cultural signifiers that contest the racialised referent are, on occasions, themselves challenged by negative ascriptions such as terrorist and extremist which reinforce, though never completely, the original racialised referent of Scottishness as whiteness. We conclude that whiteness is an unstable identifier of Scottishness, and Scottishness is an unstable identifier of whiteness, such that a negative view of Islam as antithetical to imagined conceptions of Scottishness, cannot easily be sustained in areas of relatively high racialised minority settlement.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSociological Research Online
Edition11 (4)
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2006

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ISSN: 13607804

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  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

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