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Religion, ethnicity and citizenship: the role of Jain institutions in the social incorporation of young Jains in Britain and USA

Religion, ethnicity and citizenship: the role of Jain institutions in the social incorporation of young Jains in Britain and USA
Religion, ethnicity and citizenship: the role of Jain institutions in the social incorporation of young Jains in Britain and USA
The on-going importance of religion as a marker of identity among young South Asians has provoked reflection on the relationship between religion and citizenship in the aftermath of events such as 9/11 and 7/7. In general European and American scholarship highlights different perspectives on the role of religion in the social incorporation of immigrants and their children. In this article I explore how religion shapes identity and citizenship among young Jains, a group that experiences successful socio-economic integration and material success in Britain and USA. This qualitative comparative analysis of Jain institutions oriented towards young Jains reveals the ways in which the intersection of transnational circulation of religious ideas and actors, national integration regimes, migration histories and place of religion in specific contexts differently shapes religious identities, religious group boundaries and religious discourses. These different Jain religious assemblages affirm views of religion in the USA as having a positive role in the social incorporation of immigrants their children but point to a more neutral role for religion in the incorporation of middle-class young Jains in Britain.
second-generation jains, jain institutions, spatializing religion, religious identities, religious assemblage
1353-7903
299-314
Shah, Bindi
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Shah, Bindi
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Shah, Bindi (2017) Religion, ethnicity and citizenship: the role of Jain institutions in the social incorporation of young Jains in Britain and USA. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 32 (2), 299-314. (doi:10.1080/13537903.2017.1298909).

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The on-going importance of religion as a marker of identity among young South Asians has provoked reflection on the relationship between religion and citizenship in the aftermath of events such as 9/11 and 7/7. In general European and American scholarship highlights different perspectives on the role of religion in the social incorporation of immigrants and their children. In this article I explore how religion shapes identity and citizenship among young Jains, a group that experiences successful socio-economic integration and material success in Britain and USA. This qualitative comparative analysis of Jain institutions oriented towards young Jains reveals the ways in which the intersection of transnational circulation of religious ideas and actors, national integration regimes, migration histories and place of religion in specific contexts differently shapes religious identities, religious group boundaries and religious discourses. These different Jain religious assemblages affirm views of religion in the USA as having a positive role in the social incorporation of immigrants their children but point to a more neutral role for religion in the incorporation of middle-class young Jains in Britain.

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Accepted/In Press date: 8 February 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 11 April 2017
Published date: 2017
Additional Information: Funded by ESRC: Ethnicity (RES-063-27-0131)
Keywords: second-generation jains, jain institutions, spatializing religion, religious identities, religious assemblage
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 388059
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/388059
ISSN: 1353-7903
PURE UUID: 907a6324-2048-41ef-ab16-6704f6eb4b91
ORCID for Bindi Shah: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5571-9755

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Date deposited: 22 Feb 2016 08:54
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 06:55

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