Research Methodologies

My research on Sikh and Muslim relations has focused exclusively on Sikh reflections and representations of tensions and conflict. I have adopted a mixed method approach which has included: 70 Semi-Structured Interviews with members from the Sikh community in the UK, Canada, and the USA | Participant Observation | and Critical Document Analysis of Sikh community and organisational literature and local media accounts My dataset is informed by qualitative analysis to understand the way in which particular representations become hegemonic in organising the semantics of this conflict across the Sikh diaspora.

Breakdown of interview sample(s)

2006-2009: 30 interviews conducted across the UK (North, Midlands and London) with male and female Sikh adults aged 18-50. The sample included students, young professionals, community activists and community leaders

Jan 2014- April 2014: 15 interviews conducted in Southern California, USA with male and female Sikh adults aged 18-50. The sample included students, young professionals, community activists and community leaders

Sept 2014- Nov 2014: 15 interviews conducted in Victoria, Canada, with male and female Sikh adults aged 18-50. The sample included students, young professionals, community activists and community leaders

2015-2016: 10 interviews conducted across the UK (North, Midlands and London) with male and female Sikh adults aged 18-50. The sample included students, young professionals, community activists and community leaders

Note: For reasons of confidentiality the names of my interview respondents will remain anonymized.