Misrecognition and political agency. The case of British Muslim organizations at a General Election

Dobbernack, Jan and Meer, Nasar and Modood, Tariq (2017) Misrecognition and political agency. The case of British Muslim organizations at a General Election. In: Muslim Community Organizations in the West. Islam in der Gesellschaft . Springer, pp. 159-182. ISBN 9783658138882

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It is a common complaint among Muslim civil society organisations and activists that their presence in British politics is misconceived. An increasing number of activists and groups is concerned to repudiate what they perceive to be the misperception of their political agency as exceptional and impossible to accommodate. Organisations and initiatives attempt to project and practice civic identities, to demonstrate their normality and a commitment to the ‘common good’. This article explores how a number of organisations positioned themselves in response to the experiences of ‘misrecognition’ in the context of the General Election 2010. With this conceptual focus we explore one of the most pertinent characteristics of Muslim political agency in Britain today: how actors respond to perceived pressures, make claims and project identities in opposition to alleged misperceptions or the refusal to acknowledge their desired self-descriptions. The article draws on a set of qualitative interviews with representatives of advocacy organizations that mobilized Muslim constituents in the run-up to the General Election 2010.

Keywords:Muslim organizations, Multiculturalism, British Politics, Electoral Politics, Misrecognition
Subjects:L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:10 May 2017 15:17

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