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Giving the silent majority a stronger voice? Initiatives to empower Muslim women as part of the UK's 'War on Terror'

Rashid, Naaz (2014) Giving the silent majority a stronger voice? Initiatives to empower Muslim women as part of the UK's 'War on Terror'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37 (4). pp. 589-604. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870.2013.816759

Abstract

This article provides a gendered analysis of the 'War on Terror' in the UK context. Specifically it looks at initiatives to empower Muslim women, which were part of New Labour's Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) agenda, the impetus for which stemmed from the idea that, as 'the silent majority', women need to be given a 'stronger voice'. Based on analysis of qualitative interviews, this article situates these initiatives within a broader policy landscape of debates on multiculturalism, community cohesion and Britishness. It explores interviewees' understandings of Muslim women's silence in relation to those suggested by policy discourse, considering the ways in which the state's attempt to 'give voice' worked in practice. I argue that the operation of such initiatives continued to constrain Muslim women's voices, restricting 'voice' to a narrow range of speakers speaking about a narrow range of issues.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rers20
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 09:18
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 02:56
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/52604

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