Providing empirical evidence on the lives of young British-born Pakistanis, The New British also reveals fascinating insights into the Pakistani community more generally. Using Bradford as a case study, Ikhlaq Din focuses on the relationship between young boys and girls, their parents, and the Pakistani community. He discusses various issues that are important to young people, such as: their experience of school; their aspirations; their identity; their attitude to community; their relationships with parents; the tensions between Islam and popular culture and the role Islam plays in the wider Pakistani community. The impact of broader national and international events such as 9/11 and 7/7 on the lives of young British-born Pakistanis is also considered.
Ikhlaq Din is a Research Fellow at the University of Bradford, UK. He has substantial experience in social research with particular expertise on minority ethnic communities in the UK and engaging with socially excluded communities.
'The New British offers valuable insights into the opinions, experiences and lives of British Pakistani origin young people in Bradford. Much of the current debates around multiculturalism, and the moral panics about Muslim young people have little or no grounding in the real lives of the young people under discussion. Ikhlaq Din's work enables these young people to be heard.' Paul Thomas, University of Huddersfield, UK ’The New British will be essential reading for policy makers, service providers and communities themselves who wish to understand all the sensitive issues unexplored by other academics.’ News and Views