4.30 to 6.00 pm, 25th April 2017, Room 780, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Presenter: Dr Michela Franceschelli
What is it like to grow up as a South Asian British Muslim today? What are the experiences of South Asian Muslim parents bringing up their children in contemporary Britain? Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim Families, published by Palgrave Macmillan, explores these questions within the context of the series of events which, from 9/11 to the recent upsurge of the Islamic State, have affected the perceptions and the identity of Muslims around the world. Michela Franceschelli reveals the complex range of negotiations behind the coming of age of South Asian Muslim teenagers and reflects on the changes and continuities between their life experiences, priorities and aspirations compared to their parents’ generation. Based on primary research with South Asian Muslim young people and parents, this book highlights the importance of Islam to upbringing; the shifting value of South Asian cultural norms in Britain; and the persistent influence of class in shaping inequalities amongst families and on young people’s experiences of growing up.
Dr Michela Franceschelli is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London. Her research focuses on the influences of migration, culture gender and social class on youth and identity formation, and on the related process of intergenerational transmission.