Authors: Marina Salnikova*, Miami University Of Ohio
Topics: Cultural Geography, Ethnic Geography, Immigration/Transnationalism
Keywords: Identity, Islam, Migration, Scotland
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 10, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Each generation of immigrants has its own issues, for example, how to maintain already constructed identities among the first generation of immigrants and how to construct identities of the second generation children of immigrants who often see themselves as a part of both their parents’ and their own world. This thesis examines how Muslim immigrants in Inverness maintain and modify their identity and pass it to their next generation. I present a theoretical framework where I illustrate the relationship between identity, migration, and place. To answer the research question, I interviewed both first and second generation of Muslim immigrants in Inverness. I argue that Muslim immigrants use shared spaces, such as Inverness Masjid and the community center, as sites where they can renegotiate their Muslim identity within new spatial contexts. I found that for both first and second generations of Muslim immigrants, the religious identity is more important than their cultural heritage. Additionally, I argue that the identity of the first generation can be modified by a new place of living and Muslim immigrants, both first and second generations, use specific places in the process of identity change and maintenance.