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The early history of migration and settlement of Yemenis in Cardiff, 1939-1970: religion and ethnicity as social capital

Mellor, Jody and Gilliat-Ray, Sophie 2013. The early history of migration and settlement of Yemenis in Cardiff, 1939-1970: religion and ethnicity as social capital. Ethnic and Racial Studies 38 (1) , pp. 176-191. 10.1080/01419870.2013.783221

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Abstract

Utilizing Putnam's concept of bonding social capital, this article explores the under-researched topic of the history of migrant men's reproduction of social capital in Cardiff, Wales. Drawing upon a series of oral history interviews with a respected imam of more than fifty years, and informed by existing research on Muslim migrants, we explore both the advantages and disadvantages of community relationships between Yemeni men in relation to trust, reciprocity and interpersonal well-being. By examining these complex bonds, this article contributes to the literature on religious and ethnic social networks by challenging the assumption that migrants always benefit from social resources (Wilson 1978; Shah 2007), and offers an alternative account of religiously underpinned social capital to those of studies of majority ethnic Christians in North America (Smidt 2003). Uniquely, this article also points to the divergences between religious and ethnic capitals in the context of Yemeni migrants' social resources during 1939–1970.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0141-9870
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2017 11:25
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/88481

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