Patterns of identity among ethnic minority people: Diversity and commonality

JY Nazroo*, S Karlsen

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This article explores the processes involved in the creation and expression of an ethnic identity for minority groups. It uses nationally representative quantitative data from the British Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities to describe the components that make up ethnic identity for ethnic minority people in the UK and to explore how these components are patterned within and between ethnic groups. Five underlying dimensions of ethnic identity were identified using factor analysis: two related to self description, a traditional identity, participating in 'community', and being a member of a racialized group. There was considerable similarity, but also some difference, in these dimensions across the ethnic groups included. The article concludes that the structure of ethnic identity is similar across ethnic minority groups in Britain, but that there is some diversity of identity within ethnic groups; perhaps as a consequence of how the factors that structure ethnic identity vary across demographic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-930
Number of pages29
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2003
EventCREST Conference on Social Change and Minority Ethnic Groups in Britain - LONDON, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


  • ethnicity
  • minority
  • identity
  • racism
  • tradition
  • community


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