Muslim women negotiating collective stigmatization: we're just normal people

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Ryan, L. 2011. Muslim women negotiating collective stigmatization: we're just normal people. Sociology. 45 (6), pp. 1045-1060. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038511416170
TypeArticle
TitleMuslim women negotiating collective stigmatization: we're just normal people
AuthorsRyan, L.
Abstract

In the post 9/11 and 7/7 era how does collective stigmatization impact on Muslim women in Britain? Drawing on interviews with women from diverse Muslim backgrounds, this article explores how they experience and seek to resist anti-Islamic stigma. Using a Goffmanian framework, I examine how women resist stigmatization by asserting their moral integrity and laying claim to ‘the normal’. Particular attention is paid to how normality is constructed through the presentation and dressing of the self in everyday encounters. While on the surface the women embrace a shared sense of being ‘just normal’, further analysis reveals very different interpretations of what that might mean. Thus, the article additionally questions what is meant by being a ‘normal’ Muslim woman in multicultural Britain and examines the extent to which this can ever be attained.

Research GroupSocial Policy Research Centre (SPRC)
PublisherSage
JournalSociology
ISSN0038-0385
Publication dates
Print01 Jan 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Oct 2013
Output statusPublished
Additional information

Online ISSN: 1469-8684

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038511416170
LanguageEnglish
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