Jagtar Singh – Islam, Young Muslims and Identity – the stratification of discrimination in the UK

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Seminar Series: Islam, Muslim Youth and Identity

Seminar organizers: Professor Ravinder Barn (CrimSoc), and Professor Humayun Ansari (History)

Date:  2 December 2009

Jagtar Singh (director, The Change Institute) – Islam, Young Muslims and Identity – the stratification of discrimination in the UK

Summary – The paper will focus on Islam in the context of the rise of religious affiliation globally, highlight the demographic significance of ‘Muslim youth’ or young people of Muslim heritage and discuss the distinctive as well as common experience of Muslim and minority communities in the UK. Changing markers of discrimination, shifting affiliations and identities among young people of Muslim heritage will be discussed, drawing on research carried out for the European Commission on the beliefs and ideologies of violent radicals, and for Communities and Local Government Department on the characteristics of thirteen Muslim ethnic communities in England. The paper concludes by highlighting the increasing sophistication of multiple discrimination and stratification of groups in the UK.

Jagtar Singh is a founding Director of the Change Institute. An Expert Adviser to the European Commission on violent radicalisation and to the Council of Europe on Intercultural Cities he has over two decades experience in research, evaluation, and development consulting with public institutions, with particular expertise in the dynamics of discrimination and the sociology of marginalised and excluded groups. His work has spanned every area of race and public policy and all parts of the public sector.

After studying PPE Oxford University he worked for six years in local government. Following an M.B.A. at Warwick Business School he joined a small group of professionals to develop the Office for Public Management, one of the most influential consulting organisations working with public managers.

He is a Fellow of the RSA, a Member of the Institute of Directors and also undertakes pro-bono work with not-for-profit organisations.

His publications include; Benchmarking Black, Asian and ethnic minority leadership in the creative and cultural sector, Cultural Leadership Programme, 2009, Understanding Muslim Ethnic Communities, clg, 2009, Best practices in cooperation initiatives between authorities and civil society with a view to the prevention of and response to violent radicalisation, European Commission, 2008, Studies on violent radicalisation: The beliefs, ideologies and narratives, European Commission, 2008, Global Business Leadership: Exploring Anglo-Saxon and Indian Firms doing Business, Co-author, The Change Institute, 2007., Strength in Diversity? Multiculturalism Reassessed, Co-author, FIRST, 2004, Series Editor, Transforming the Childcare Sector, FIRST 2004, Ethnic Minority Health and Primary Care Trusts: Developing Good Practice, Department of Health, 2001, Ethnic Minority Health, Developing the Role of the Voluntary Sector, Department Health, 1997, Managing for Health Gain, Report to the NHS Executive, 1991.

Professors Ravinder Barn and Humayun Ansari
r.barn@rhul.ac.uk; K.Ansari@rhul.ac.uk

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