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The Imagination and Social Capital: Transnational agency and practices among Pakistani Muslims in the UK
School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, UK.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2012 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 2, no 2, 141-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we argue that "imagination" is an important tool in the formation of social capital for young Pakistani Muslim men and women in the city of Bradford, UK. The desire for social mobility and the ambition to overcome disadvantage becomes the drivers for change. These aspirations are supported by the transnational habitus, which acts as an important resource and encourages young people to imagine change in their everyday lives and situations. Unprecedented access to electronic media and new information and communications technologies not only assists the imagination but also invests agency in people's everyday lives.

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Versita, 2012. Vol. 2, no 2, 141-149 p.
Keyword [en]
Imagination, social capital, transnationalism, Pakistani Muslims, Bradford
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-193429DOI: 10.2478/v10202-011-0036-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-193429DiVA: diva2:602721
Available from: 2013-02-03 Created: 2013-02-03 Last updated: 2013-02-06Bibliographically approved

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