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- DescriptionBritain has become increasingly diverse over the last fifty years and she has been fortunate to attract relatively highly educated immigrants with democratic values and positive perceptions of the British political system. But Britain's ethnic mirities have suffered prejudice, harassment and discrimination, while politicians increasingly argue that they have failed to integrate adequately into British society and accuse them of leading separate lives. In this book we set out to explore the extent and nature of the political rather than the ecomic integration of Britain's growing ethnic mirity population. We consider what ethnic mirities in Britain think about and how they engage in British politics. This includes political kwledge and interest, political values and policy preferences, perceptions of parties, preferences for parties, what parties offer ethnic mirities, electoral registration, turut and vote choice, other forms of political participation (such as signing petitions and demonstrations) and trust in political institutions and satisfaction with the democratic system. The book considers the ways in which ethnic mirities resemble or differ from the white British population, and differences between different mirity groups. The analysis is based on the largest and broadest academic survey ever of the political attitudes and behaviour of Britain's main ethnic mirity groups, the 2010 Ethnic Mirity British Election Study, in conjunction with the nationally representative British Election Study and other surveys. The findings are based on complex statistical regression models but they are presented and interpreted for more general readers. To what extent does discrimination at work and social exclusion alienate ethnic mirities from the political process? Are those mirities who associate more with those from their own ethnic group less engaged politically? Are those who were born in Britain better integrated than immigrants? This study addresses these and related questions. Despite there being many reasons for mirities to disassociate themselves from British politics they engage in positive and constructive ways. But there are important differences between the nature of white British and ethnic mirity political engagement and between different mirity groups, and especially between immigrants and their descendants. As a result politicians and political parties should t take the political support of ethnic mirities for granted.
- Author BiographyMaria Sobolewska is a Lecturer in Politics (Quantitative Methods) at the University of Manchester and the author of various articles on political attitudes, behaviour, integration, and representation of ethnic minorities in Britain, and on public opinion towards British Muslims.
- Author(s)Anthony F. Heath,David Sanders,Gemma Rosenblatt,Maria Sobolewska,Stephen D. Fisher
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication15/08/2013
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note4 Figures, 77 Tables
- Weight538 g
- Width171 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine22 mm
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