By Daniel Nilsson DeHanas
For greater than a decade the "Muslim query" on integration and alleged extremism has vexed Europe, revealing cracks in long-held certainties in regards to the function of faith in public lifestyles. Secular assumptions are being demonstrated not just by means of the growing to be presence of Muslims but in addition via different fervent new arrivals comparable to Pentecostal Christians. London adolescence, faith, and Politics specializes in teenagers of immigrant mom and dad in inner-city London parts: the East finish and Brixton. It paints vibrant pictures of dozens of younger women and men met at neighborhood cafes, on park benches, and in council property stairwells, and offers cause of a measured hope.
In East finish streets like Brick Lane, revivalist Islam has been producing extra civic integration even though this comes at a cost that incorporates generational clash and cultural amnesia. In Brixton, whereas the impression of Pentecostal and standard church buildings might be restricted to family members and person renewal, there are indicators that this can be altering. This groundbreaking paintings bargains perception into the lives of city Muslim, Christian, and non-religious adolescence. In instances whilst the politics of immigration and variety are in flux, it bargains a candid appraisal of multiculturalism in practice.
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I ﬁnd that both groups have similar levels of political knowledge which compare positively to the British population overall. Both groups have relatively low levels of identiﬁcation with Britishness and British citizenship. In these ﬁrst two dimensions of citizenship—knowledge and identiﬁcation—the ethnicity and religiosity of youth seem to make not much, if any, difference. However, both religion and ethnicity do appear to have an inﬂuence on political participation (the active practice of citizenship).
Used with permission of Cambridge University Press. religiosity has a substantial role in political knowledge, except perhaps as a mediator of some other primary cause. Political participation: Thus far, we have seen that London secondgeneration youth have low levels of identiﬁcation with Britain, but that their levels of political knowledge about the nation are near those of the average citizen, if not higher. This moderate to high level of political knowledge may be reason for optimism. Yet with political participation, we begin to see a different story.
The results are given for youth as a whole and are broken down by ethnicity, and then by religiosity within ethnicity. As one can see from the table, second-generation youth in my sample did remarkably well compared with citizens in Britain at large. The youth outscored the average British citizen on most questions and overall, demonstrating a level of political knowledge that is close to the group Pattie, Seyd, and Whiteley highlighted as most politically knowledgeable in Britain: high income middle-aged men who are highly educated and in professional or managerial positions.
London youth, religion, and politics : engagement and activism from Brixton to Brick Lane by Daniel Nilsson DeHanas