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Between recognition and mis/nonrecognition: strategies of negotiating and performing identities among white Muslims in the United Kingdom.

Amer, Amena (2020) Between recognition and mis/nonrecognition: strategies of negotiating and performing identities among white Muslims in the United Kingdom. Political Psychology, 41 (3). 533 - 548. ISSN 0162-895X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/pops.12637

Abstract

This article explores white British Muslim experiences of, and strategic performative responses to, the (mis/non)recognition of their seemingly incompatible religious and ethnic identities. Based on in-depth interviews (N = 26), it highlights how the different identity categories they hold relate to one another, influencing processes of perceived recognition in interactional contexts. White British Muslims perceive their ethnic and religious identities to be (mis/not) recognized in complex and contradictory ways. Their identities are affirmed, denied, erased, and/or incorrectly ascribed, sometimes simultaneously, by relevant others in different contexts. Performative strategies such as the adoption, maintenance, or removal of identity markers are used consciously and agentically in attempts to take back control over how their identities are (mis/not) recognized. At times deliberate performative acts leading to misrecognition are orchestrated by white Muslims themselves to not only minimize the risk of experiencing possible harm or marginalization but also to transgress and challenge norms. They also assert their multiple identities as a response to (mis/non)recognition and claims of their identities being incompatible, regardless of the repercussions that may result in them being placed at the margins of, or excluded from, their ingroups.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14679221
Additional Information: © 2019 International Society of Political Psychology
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 29 May 2020 07:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102436

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