Acts and Practices of Citizenship: Muslim Women's Activism in the UK

Aleksandra Lewicki, Therese O'Toole

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-171
Number of pages20
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume40
Issue number1
Early online date18 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Structured keywords

  • Migration Mobilities Bristol
  • migration
  • mobility
  • citizenship

Keywords

  • Citizenship
  • political mobilization
  • political agency
  • Muslims in Britain
  • Muslim women’s activism

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