Citizenship, Gender and Diversity

Stereotypes and Self-Representations of Women with a Muslim Background

The Stigma of Being Oppressed

Authors: van Es, Margaretha

  • Makes a significant contribution to the debate surrounding Islam, patriarchy and the role of women
  • Demonstrates the impact of such controversies on women of Muslim origin
  • Resists narratives of victimization to show how Muslim women are attempting to subvert stereotypes
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This book explores how stereotypes of “oppressed Muslim women” feed into the self-representations of women with a Muslim background. The focus is on women active in, and speaking on behalf of, a wide variety of minority self-organisations in the Netherlands and Norway between 1975 and 2010. The author reveals how these women have internalised and appropriated particular stereotypes, and also developed counter-stereotypes about majority Dutch or Norwegian women. She demonstrates, above all, how they have tried time and again to change popular perceptions by providing alternative images of themselves and of Islam, paying particular attention to their attempts to gain access to media debates. Her central argument is that their efforts to undermine stereotypes can be understood as an assertion of belonging in Dutch and Norwegian society and, in the case of women committed to Islam, as a demand for their religion to be accepted. This innovative work provides a “history from below” that makes a valuable contribution to scholarly debates about citizenship as a practice of inclusion and exclusion. Providing new insights into the dynamics between stereotyping and self-representation, it will appeal to scholars of gender, religion, media, and cultural diversity.

 



About the authors

Margaretha A. van Es is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is a social historian specialising in inter-ethnic relations and perceptions, gender, media and religion.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Es, Margaretha A.

    Pages 1-38

  • Stereotypes of Women with a Muslim Background

    Es, Margaretha A.

    Pages 39-79

  • Self-Representations by Women in the Dutch Organisations

    Es, Margaretha A.

    Pages 81-118

  • The Dutch Organisations and Islam

    Es, Margaretha A.

    Pages 119-157

  • Women’s Attempts to Break Stereotypes in the Netherlands

    Es, Margaretha A.

    Pages 159-189

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40676-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40675-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stereotypes and Self-Representations of Women with a Muslim Background
Book Subtitle
The Stigma of Being Oppressed
Authors
Series Title
Citizenship, Gender and Diversity
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40676-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40676-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40675-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 317
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
Topics