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Immigrant generation, religiosity and civic engagement in Britain

McAndrew, Siobhan and Voas, David (2014) 'Immigrant generation, religiosity and civic engagement in Britain.' Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37 (1). pp. 99-119. ISSN 0141-9870

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Immigrant integration appears to be generational in the USA, and further facilitated by religious involvement. We examine whether similar patterns exist in Britain. We find evidence for secularization across ethnic minority groups, measured by private religious practice and religious salience. Communal religious practice appears robust to generational decline. Ethnic minority members of the second generation exhibit lower social trust; for the 1.5 generation, being more religious is associated with lower trust. However, members of the 1.5 and second generation are more civically involved than the first and religiosity further increases civic involvement. While anecdotal accounts suggest that religiosity has a particularly dissociative effect on the second generation, we find no evidence for this. In sum, successive generations of ethnic minority respondents appear to be secularizing; successive generations are more civically involved than the arriving generation, although less trusting; and immigrant religiosity promotes civic integration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: civic engagement, ethnic minorities, generations, integration, religiosity, trust
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 14:32
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 14:32

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