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Minority Women and AusteritySurvival and Resistance in France and Britain$
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Leah Bassel and Akwugo Emejulu

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327134

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327134.001.0001

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Enterprising activism

Enterprising activism

(p.53) Four Enterprising activism
Minority Women and Austerity

Leah Bassel

Akwugo Emejulu

Policy Press

In this chapter, we explore how the changing politics of the third sector under austerity problematises minority women’s intersectional social justice claims in Scotland, England and France. We begin by exploring the ‘governable terrain’ of the third sector in each country since the 1990s. As the principle of a ‘welfare mix’ becomes normalised in each country, the reality of having different welfare providers vying for state contracts seems to prompt isomorphic changes whereby third sector organisations refashion themselves in the image of the private sector as a necessity for survival. We then move on to discuss the impact these changes in the third sector are having on minority women’s activism. We analyse how the idea of enterprise has become entrenched within these organisations and how an enterprise culture is problematically reshaping the ways in which organisations think about their mission, practices and programmes of work—especially in relation to minority women. We conclude with a discussion about what the marketisation of the third sector means for minority women. We argue that political racelessness is enacted through enterprise as minority women’s interests are de-politicised and de-prioritised through the transformation of the third sector.

Keywords:   Enterprise culture, Marketisation, Third sector organisations, Social enterprise, Social welfare, Intersectional social justice claims, Neoliberalism, Activism, Intersectionality, Minority women

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