Multicultural nationalism? National identities among minority groups in Scotland’s census

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Abstract

This paper uses data from a new question in the 2011 UK censuses of population to investigate national identities among ethnic and religious minorities. It focuses primarily on Scotland, while presenting comparative data for England and Wales. A robust comparison of national identities between different minorities in Scotland and with similar groups in other nations of Britain has previously not been possible because ethnic and religious minority groups represent a small proportion of Scotland’s population and are weakly represented in sample surveys. The new census question on national identity therefore offers an unprecedented opportunity for this kind of analysis. The analysis is used to critically evaluate previous claims of the existence of multicultural nationalism in Scotland and previous research that has suggested that Scottish identity is relatively inclusive of people in minority groups. The findings suggest that while Scottish national identity is relatively inclusive of minorities in some respects, the conclusions of previous research should be treated with some caution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1140
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume43
Issue number7
Early online date19 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Scotland
  • census
  • national identities
  • ethnicity
  • religion

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