The Buddha of Suburbia: Cultural Identity in a Multicultural Society

Adam Tarant Hobbs, Morten Jacob Sander Andersen, Frederik Nikolaj Sandfeld Hansen, Rebekka Hellstrøm, Anneli Hiltunen, Helene Thau Jackson & Joséphine Münch

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper explores the problems pertaining to the formation of identity within an immigrant context on the basis of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia and seeks to conclude whether or not these could be considered part of a more general immigrant condition. The analysis of the novel’s genre and characters reveal themes that are coloured by postmodern traits of fragmentation and rootlessness, which are then discussed on a theoretical basis with a focus on the themes of identity, alienation, multiculturalism, belonging and the immigrant experience. The conclusion holds that a lack of a sense of belonging can be considered a universal trait of the modern immigrant condition.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato23 maj 2011
VejledereLars Axel Petersen


  • belonging
  • postmodernism
  • Hanif Kureishi
  • identity
  • Bildungsroman
  • Buddha of Suburbia
  • multiculturalism
  • alienation
  • postcolonialism
  • Habitus