Misogyny, racism and Islamophobia: street harassment at the intersections

Mason-Bish, Hannah and Zempi, Irene (2019) Misogyny, racism and Islamophobia: street harassment at the intersections. Feminist Criminology, 14 (5). pp. 540-559. ISSN 1557-0851

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Veiled Muslim women are at an increased risk of street harassment in the current political and economic climate. Their visibility, combined with their popular portrayal as culturally dangerous or threatening means that they are vulnerable to receiving verbal and physical threats, which can be misogynistic and Islamophobic in nature. Drawing on 60 individual and 20 focus group interviews with Muslim women in the United Kingdom who wear the niqab (face veil) and had experienced harassment in public, this qualitative study details their lived experiences. It argues that an intersectional analysis is crucial to understanding the nuances of their lived experiences and the impact street harassment has on their lives. The findings demonstrate that street harassment can produce a hostile environment for veiled Muslim women, which can have a terrorizing effect, limiting their full participation in the public sphere.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: hate crime, islamophobia, misogyny, intersectionality, Muslim Women
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Depositing User: Hannah Mason-Bish
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 09:33
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2020 14:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76134

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