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Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2013-08

Britishness and identity assimilation among the UK’s minority and majority ethnic groups


Publication date

18 Dec 2013


Public and academic debate has revealed concern with the extent and implications of national identification among minority groups in Western societies. In this paper we present new analysis of Understanding Society that expands the limited evidence on minority identification. Drawing on Berry’s acculturation framework, we explore patterns of dual minority and majority identification among the UK’s minority ethnic groups.  We find that minorities tend to hold strong British identities; but that there are variations in identity acculturation across minority groups and by generation.  We also show that there is substantial heterogeneity in the identities of the White British population.


Referred to in Sunak, R. and Rajeswaran, S. (2014) 'A portrait of modern Britain'. London: Policy Exchange

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