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'LET'S TALK ABOUT . . . MEN' Young British Pakistani Muslim Women's Narratives about Co-Ethnic Men in 'Postcolonial' Bradford
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2012 (English)In: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, ISSN 1369-801X, E-ISSN 1469-929X, Vol. 14, no 4, 591-612 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In media and political representations, Muslims have been constructed as 'ultimate Others' who pose a threat to western human rights, democracy and freedoms. These representations, however, are gendered. Muslim men and women are positioned in ambiguous and contradictory ways: Muslim men are often represented as embodying a masculinity that is inherently misogynistic, controlling and dangerous and, more recently, associated with radicalization and Islamic terrorism, while Muslim women are presented as victims of patriarchy, passive and voiceless. This essay explores the complexities of the gendered social worlds of Pakistani Muslim men and women, and provides an intimate analysis of urban lives in 'postcolonial' Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, through the narratives of young British Pakistani Muslim women about co-ethnic men.(1) Situated in their everyday lives, the essay explores how young Pakistani Muslim women at times adopt methods of 'strategic essentialism' to critique and resist co-ethnic men and masculinities. Adopting an interpretivist approach, this essay draws on research conducted with young Pakistani Muslim women in Bradford.

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2012. Vol. 14, no 4, 591-612 p.
Keyword [en]
Bradford, gender, Muslims, postcolonialism, strategic essentialism, veil
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190817DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2012.730862ISI: 000311110800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-190817DiVA: diva2:584314
Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2013-01-08Bibliographically approved

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