ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Finance and Development

Here, perhaps it would be best to quote the two concluding paragraphs of the study: To summarise lessons that can perhaps be learnt from the East African Sikh case are as follows: first, there should be far greater awareness of diversity among minorities, not assuming a homogeneous 'South Asian' community. Second, class differences should be noted, being as much products of previous experiences of migration as of position occupied within the hierarchy in the country of origin as by increasing residence in the UK, and the force of the British class system. Since the latter is hierarchically arranged, elements of it are to be found amongst minority communities even though the majority of people within them are working class, Third, generalisations should not be made despite the existence of common underlying cultural values that apply to most people of South Asian origin. Fourthly, it should be borne in mind that the situation and cultural patterns of minorities are much more fluid and complex than normally assumed by an ethnocentric perspective.

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