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British Sikh Entrepreneurs: Social Mobility and Transformations Over Generations

Dhillon, Jaswinder and Thomas, N. (2017) British Sikh Entrepreneurs: Social Mobility and Transformations Over Generations. In: Readings in Sikh Studies. Cambridge Scholars. (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter reports on work in progress with Sikh families in the Midlands of England. The project focuses on exploring the factors that have contributed to the socio-economic success and relative upward social mobility of British Sikh families. This is an aspect of the Sikh diaspora in Britain which is anecdotally well known but not systematically documented through empirical social research. The research pioneers an original methodology; bilingual-bicultural ethnography, to analyse and document the perspectives and experiences of three generations of Sikh families. The study is led by a female researcher who shares the trajectories of families who came to settle in Britain in the 1960s and a co-researcher who is not a Sikh but shares a history of migration and experience of living and working in superdiverse communities in Britain. The chapter begins by outlining the research questions and methodology of the main study and then focuses on findings in relation to family trajectories of Sikh entrepreneurs. It highlights transformations in the families of individuals who came to England with ‘£3 in their pocket’ and mobilised individual, family and community resources to enable second and third generation Sikhs to become elite professionals or owners and directors of global businesses. The chapter analyses and documents the entrepreneurial spirit which drove these individuals to Britain and explores their experiences of living and working in the Midlands region of England over the last 50 years.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: British Sikh families, social mobility, British Sikh entrepreneurs
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
Depositing User: Jaswinder Dhillon
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 16:11
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 10:09
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5843

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