Paper $10.00 ISBN: 9780708317655 Published July 2003 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780708317662 Published July 2003 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Double Loyalties

South Asian Adolescents in the West

Paul A. S. Ghuman

Double Loyalties

Paul A. S. Ghuman

Distributed for University of Wales Press

248 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $10.00 ISBN: 9780708317655 Published July 2003 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780708317662 Published July 2003 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Double Loyalties is a major study of issues facing second- and third-generation South Asian young people growing up in western countries. Drawing on extensive fieldwork from four countries (Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia), Paul Ghuman offers a detailed view of such areas as schooling and education, bilingualism, acculturation patterns, cultural conflicts and identity formation, racial prejudice, gender equality and employment opportunities.

Integrating quantitative data derived from an acculturation scale and qualitative material gathered from interviews and observations with psychological and anthropological theories, Double Loyalties provide a significant in-depth analysis of contemporary biculturalism and bilingualism. It makes constructive suggestions to improve the education and lifestyles of young South Asians in the West and will be essential reading for researchers in the field of ethnic minority studies and cross-cultural studies, as well as for teachers, youth workers and social workers.
List of tables
Glossary of South Asian words and terms

1. From the Ganges to the Thames and the Hudson: The Background of Pioneering Immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent
2. The Halfway Generation: The Concerns and Issues of Younger Generations
3. Researching Ethnic Minorities: Locations, Samples and Methodology
4. Overachievers or Underachievers? Parents’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Schooling and Education
5. Between Two Stools: Parents’ Concerns and Dilemmas
6. Assimilation or Integration? Young People’s Attitudes
7. Mad or Sacred Cows? Voices of Young People
8. Daughters of Tradition
9. Continuity and Change: Reflections and Recommendations
Appendix 1: Acculturation Scale and a Questionnaire
Appendix 2: Topics for Semi-structured Interviews
Appendix 3: Graphs
Review Quotes
Martyn Barrett

“This book provides a fascinating window on the experiences and lives of young South Asian people living in four different countries (Britain, Australia, Canada and the US). One of the great strengths of the study is that it involved the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods. While the quantitative findings are important for revealing broad statistical trends, the qualitative narrative accounts which are given by the young people, their parents and their teachers provide rich and vivid detail about the personal experiences of these adolescents. The book clearly describes the impact which family culture, religion, SES, educational provision and national context have upon the acculturation of these individuals, and the cross-national comparisons, in particular, make a major contribution to our understanding of how the socio- political context of the receiving nation plays a crucial role in the acculturation of ethnic minority individuals. The book is immensely readable, and Paul Ghuman is to be congratulated for his perceptive and deeply insightful study, analyses and commentary.” –Professor Martyn Barrett, Department of Psychology, University of Surrey

Jagdish Gundara

“This book by Professor Ghuman not only results form his current research relating to the Asian community but also is a result of his wisdom and longstanding scholarly interest in this field.” –Professor Jagdish Gundara, UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Studies, Institute of Education, University of London

Ratna Ghosh

“This is a very timely volume. Professor Ghuman has explored with great skill a variety of issues in the development of identities of young South Asians across four countries. His emphasis on gender, race and ethnicity cuts across South Asian communities around the world and give a comprehensive understanding of their youth.” –Professor Ratna Ghosh, McGill University Canada

John Berry

“It’s an excellent book and a splendid achievement [...] Ghuman’s research uses the voices of the young people themselves. This is a revealing text which goes beyond theory, ideology or mere description. It helps the reader to understand the real issues facing young South Asians in the West in both their education and the construction of their identities.” –Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford, University of London

“Paul Ghuman has written a wonderfully rich account of how immigrants from South Asia settle into and adapt to new societies. His research is particularly compelling in the use of direct quotations from interview with participants … Such qualitative material provides context and substance to his quantitative findings using formal scales.” –John Berry, Emeritus Professor, Queens University Canada

Welsh Journal of Education

“This book will be used by a wide variety of professionals. It’s solid conclusions and policy-related future recommendations make it profitable reading for researchers and teachers alike. Similarly, the book will also be useful to students interested in studying ethnic minority groups. The glossary of words an terms, evaluation of the methods and the useful introduction to the processes of immigration will have practical value within a variety of disciplines. The synthesis of all these elements makes the book compulsive reading.” –Welsh Journal of Education

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