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The South Asian petty bourgeoisie in Britain : an Oxford case study /
Shaila Srinivasan.
Aldershot, England ; Brookfield, Vt. : Avebury, c1995.
xiii, 237 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
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Aldershot, England ; Brookfield, Vt. : Avebury, c1995.
local note
Errata slip inserted.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-233) and index.
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Long Description
Based on an in-depth survey of the entire population of South Asian small business owners in Oxford, this book examines South Asian entrepreneurship in Britain and its implications for the 'assimilation' of Asian small business owners into British society.The specific questions considered are: What are the reasons for Asian entry into small business? What is the class position of Asian small business owners, and is business entry a vehicle for upward social mobility? How 'ethnic' is this Asian business and is this class of Asian small business owners at all different from the indigenous petty bourgeoisie? and finally, what are the consequences of Asian entrepreneurship, as far as the nature of Asian ethnicity, as well as assimilation into British society, are concerned?A central claim made by this book is that South Asian entry into small business is not a forced course of action, but is to be seen as a strategic choice for the satisfaction of mobility aspirations. It attempts to establish that South Asian small business owners can no longer be seen as subsisting on the margins of the British economy, but are a part of the mainstream, entrepreneurial entry resulting in significant social and economic benefits. This book is, without doubt, an important contribution to the study of South Asian settlement in Britain.
Table of Contents
The research setting - the city of Oxford
Reasons for business entry
An explanation for Asian business entry
The Asian petty bourgeoisie in the class structure
Ethnicity at work
Assimilation and ethnicity
Summary and conclusions
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