Britain’s former equalities chief Trevor Phillips created a swathe of headlines last week by declaring the nation is “in danger of sacrificing a generation of young British people to values that are antithetical to the beliefs of most of us”. But, argue Bridget Byrne and James Nazroo, this sweeping statement is based on misrepresentation of […]
British Muslims do feel British, Prime Minister
While David Cameron has urged British Muslims to assert their British identity, the evidence is that they already do, explains Saffron Karlsen. There is a widely held perception in society that Muslim people living in Britain do not feel British. Comments by David Cameron and others, for example, describe a need to address the lack […]
Why are Muslims less accepted than other minorities in Britain?
Negative attitudes towards Muslims may cause discrimination and disadvantage. Dr Ingrid Storm considers the reasons why prejudice is still high. Muslims are less accepted in Britain than other religious and ethnic minorities. Such heightened negative attitudes could contribute to discrimination in the labour market, segregation and social conflicts. In a recent Policy@Manchester blog by Rob […]
Racial prejudice: how bad measures can lead us astray
Last year, the Guardian triggered a major debate over prejudice after a front page splash painted a dark picture of rising racial intolerance in Britain, writes Dr Robert Ford. But he argues that this debate was focussed on a poorly constructed measure – and that more robust measures paint a very different picture. There is […]
Can we ever estimate how many British Muslims will become Islamic extremists?
That the UK’s counter-terrorism policy relies on flawed polls and survey questions for estimating the number of likely terrorists is truly scary, argues Dr Maria Sobolewska. Last week the media turned once again to trying to quantify how many young British Muslims are wannabe terrorists, travelling to Syria and Iraq and joining the Islamic terrorists […]