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Veiled ThreatsRepresenting the Muslim Woman in Public Policy Discourses$
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Naaz Rashid

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325178

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325178.001.0001

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Tales of the city: diversity in diversity, working between and within local differences

Tales of the city: diversity in diversity, working between and within local differences

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(p.43) Three Tales of the city: diversity in diversity, working between and within local differences
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Veiled Threats
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Naaz Rashid

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325178.003.0003

This chapter highlights the way particular local circumstances affected how policy initiatives that were focused on Muslim women were received and implemented and that, within these geographic variations, issues such as class, ethnicity and citizenship status are also important, intersecting with religious identity and gender. It reflects on the importance of recognising diversity within diversity. In particular, it looks at areas where ‘the Muslim community’ is relatively homogeneous (eg Bradford) compared to areas in which it is more heterogeneous (eg Bristol). Moreover, it emphasises the way policy privileges religious identity at the expense of other axes of identity, thus removing the potential for solidarity with other disadvantaged groups.

Keywords:   Local circumstances, geographic variations, diversity, the Muslim community, religious identity, axes of identity

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