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Between recognition and mis/nonrecognition: strategies of negotiating and performing identities among white muslims in the United Kingdom

Between recognition and mis/nonrecognition: strategies of negotiating and performing identities among white muslims in the United Kingdom

Amer, Amena ORCID: 0000-0002-4634-1789 (2019) Between recognition and mis/nonrecognition: strategies of negotiating and performing identities among white muslims in the United Kingdom. Political Psychology, 41 (3). pp. 533-548. ISSN 0162-895X (Print), 1467-9221 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12637)

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Abstract

This article explores white British Muslim experiences of, and strategic performative responses to, the (mis/non)recognition of their seemingly incompatible religious and ethnic identities. Based on in‐depth interviews (N = 26), it highlights how the different identity categories they hold relate to one another, influencing processes of perceived recognition in interactional contexts. White British Muslims perceive their ethnic and religious identities to be (mis/not) recognised in complex and contradictory ways. Their identities are affirmed, denied, erased, and/or incorrectly ascribed, sometimes simultaneously, by relevant others in different contexts. Performative strategies such as the adoption, maintenance, or removal of identity markers are used consciously and agentically in attempts to take back control over how their identities are (mis/not) recognised. At times deliberate performative acts leading to misrecognition are orchestrated by white Muslims themselves to not only minimise the risk of experiencing possible harm or marginalisation but also to transgress and challenge norms. They also assert their multiple identities as a response to (mis/non)recognition and claims of their identities being incompatible, regardless of the repercussions that may result in them being placed at the margins of, or excluded from, their ingroups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity recognition, social identity, white British muslims, agency, power, interactional contexts
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 10:56
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/27958

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