Routes into education and employment for young Pakistani and Bangladeshi Women in the UK

Angela Dale, Nusrat Shaheen, Virinder Kalra, Edward Fieldhouse

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The article examines the educational and employment experiences and aspirations of young Pakistani and Bangladeshi people living in Oldham, in Great Manchester. Many young people demonstrated high aspirations and high levels of participation, particularly in relation to the educational and occupational level of their parents. Explanatory factors include the cultural value of education among Asian groups, the desire by parents to ensure success for their children and the ethnic penalty which these young people incur in the labour market. However, not all Pakistani and Bangladeshi young people have these aspirations. Girls who wished to continue their education faced a more complex situation than boys; for girls it was important to avoid jeopardizing the family honour. Nonetheless, national statistics show a marked increase in the numbers of young Pakistani and Bangladeshi women in full-time undergraduate courses in recent years. Women with degree level qualifications showed considerable determination to combine paid employment with family life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-968
Number of pages26
JournalEthnic and racial studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002


  • Bangladeshi
  • Employment
  • Gender
  • Higher education
  • Pakistani


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