Not entitled to talk: (mis)recognition, inequality and social activism of young Muslims

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Pilkington, H. and Acik, N. 2020. Not entitled to talk: (mis)recognition, inequality and social activism of young Muslims. Sociology. 54 (1), pp. 181-198. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038519867630
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TitleNot entitled to talk: (mis)recognition, inequality and social activism of young Muslims
AuthorsPilkington, H. and Acik, N.
Abstract

This article considers the relationship between (mis)recognition, inequality and social activism through the lens of young Muslims’ response to their positioning as ‘suspect communities’. It draws on qualitative empirical research to suggest that the institutionalisation of misrecognition, including through the preventative (‘Prevent’) arm of UK counter-terrorism strategy, may mobilise young Muslims to resist ‘suspect’ status and make claims to the right to equal esteem. This forms part of the motivation towards social activism that mitigates the harm inflicted by misrecognition. However, the particular historical and cultural form of the institutionalisation of misrecognition, which renders ‘preventing Prevent’ a priority for young Muslims, may compound their status subordination. Drawing on critiques of the politics of recognition, and contextualising findings in debates on racism, anti-Muslim attitudes and societal securitisation, the article concludes that fighting misrecognition with recognition politics mis-places the role of power in subject formation and constrains young Muslims’ political agency.

Research GroupLaw and Politics
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalSociology
ISSN0038-0385
Electronic1469-8684
Publication dates
Online27 Aug 2019
Print01 Feb 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited11 Dec 2019
Accepted03 Jul 2019
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038519867630
LanguageEnglish
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