Uniformities and differences of a sikh nationalist identity: Opinions and practices of ordinary sikhs

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This article contributes to an understanding of Sikh identity by examining the narrative construction of identity through an examination of opinions and practices of ordinary Sikhs. The particular contours of a nationalist identity narrative and its four narrative themes are developed through a close analysis of interview responses. The interview responses provide evidence to support the arguments that (1) a segment of the Sikh community narrates their identity through a public Sikh nationalist narrative that emphasizes the pursuit of truth, justice, and recognition and is characterized by four narrative themes; and (2) this particular narrative identity generates certain forms of unity and homogeneity while also creating differences and ambiguity, thus decentering a binary approach to understanding Sikh identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-217
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Punjab Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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