Acts and practices of citizenship: Muslim women’s activism in the UK

Lewicki, Aleksandra and O'Toole, Therese (2016) Acts and practices of citizenship: Muslim women’s activism in the UK. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40 (1). pp. 152-171. ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

Drawing on the growing literature on Muslim women’s activism, this paper explores grammars of action that frame political mobilizations of Muslim women in the UK. By taking a broad view of political activism, we identify acts and practices of citizenship through which Muslim women activists engage with, reinterpret and challenge social norms. The article critically engages with dominant readings of post-migration minorities’ political mobilization through the lens of citizenship regimes and draws attention to more processual and agency-centred perspectives on citizenship. We focus on two salient themes that Bristol-based Muslim activists were concerned with: mobilizing against violence against women, manifested in the anti-FGM campaign by Integrate Bristol, and attempts to re-negotiate the terms of participation in religious spaces, manifested in claims for more inclusive mosques. In both instances, mobilization was not confined to the local community or national level, but supported by and embedded in related transnational struggles.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Citizenship, political mobilization, political agency, Muslims in Britain, Muslim women’s activism
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations > HM0756 Community
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0831 Social change
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Depositing User: Aleksandra Lewicki
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 16:14
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 16:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73163

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