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IDS Bulletin Vol. 42 Nos. 1

Cohesion, Multi-faithism and the Erosion of Secular Spaces in the UK: Implications for the Human Rights of Minority Women

Published on 1 January 2011

This article explores the erosion of secular public culture in the UK and its implications for minority women whose bodies have become the battleground for the control of community representation.

It argues that struggles for equality and secularism now overlap and have taken on a sense of urgency because it is the human rights of women that are being traded in the various social contracts that are emerging between state and the religious right minority leaderships in the UK. The increasing communalisation (involving religious and community groups mobilising solely around religious identities) of South Asian populations, in particular Muslims, reflects a form of instrumentalisation of religion by the state which has severely constrained the public space available for women to mobilise around a rights-based agenda and has also significantly narrowed the choices of women of faith.

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This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 42.1 (2011) Cohesion, Multi‐faithism and the Erosion of Secular Spaces in the UK: Implications for the Human Rights of Minority Women

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Patel, P. (2011) Cohesion, Multi-faithism and the Erosion of Secular Spaces in the UK: Implications for the Human Rights of Minority Women. IDS Bulletin 42(1): 26-40

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Pragna Patel

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Institute of Development Studies
authors
Patel, Pragna
doi
10.1111/j.1759-5436.2011.00198.x

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