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Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625871

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625871.001.0001

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Rethinking the Identities of Young British Pakistani Muslim Women: Educational Experiences and Aspirations

Rethinking the Identities of Young British Pakistani Muslim Women: Educational Experiences and Aspirations

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(p.55) Chapter 4 Rethinking the Identities of Young British Pakistani Muslim Women: Educational Experiences and Aspirations
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Muslims in Britain
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Peter Hopkins

Richard Gale

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625871.003.0004

This chapter describes the experiences of young British Pakistani Muslim women. Pakistani Muslim populations in Slough are primarily located in the wards with the highest deprivation indices and unemployment rates. The educational experiences of four young women reported stress the challenges for young British Pakistani Muslims in accessing good education and the value attached to education by these young women. All of them saw education as a means by which they could have good employment prospects. There is evidence that families may invest more in their daughters than in their sons as girls begin to outperform boys at school and the labour market is more receptive to female workers with ‘soft skills’. It is also noted that the persistence of faith is an important source of identity.

Keywords:   education, British Pakistani Muslim women, Slough, unemployment, employment, labour market, identity

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