Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim Families

Insights from Young People and their Parents in Britain

  • Michela Franceschelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Michela Franceschelli
    Pages 1-36
  3. Michela Franceschelli
    Pages 37-83
  4. Michela Franceschelli
    Pages 163-201
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 265-296

About this book


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 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. 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.


ethnicity race Islam hijab teenagers children intimate life parents generations stereotypes anthropology ethnography identity Muslims religion social anthropology social science sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Michela Franceschelli
    • 1
  1. 1.UCL Institute of EducationLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53169-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53170-4
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