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Diversity and the Politics of Visibility among Young Muslim Women in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Ethnology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Ethnology.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Becoming key symbols for diversity in Norden, young Muslims are struggling for recognition as full citizens while reclaiming their senses of multifaceted identities and belongings. This paper examines young women who act and speak as ‘Muslims’ in Sweden, either by engaging in Muslim youth organizations or through actively engendering public visibility through frequent media appearances. Drawing on ethnological fieldwork, the paper illuminates how these young women are affected by various politics of visibility and representation. The analysis revolves around three central arguments: 1) there has been a shift from adult Muslim men and women converts as public front-figures, to the young ones now inhabiting this representative position; 2) particularly young women are involved in such ‘identity politics’, which leads beyond the frames of their local youth associations and into TV studios and other mass media; 3) these women’s fashion looks are being developed and made public in close relation to mass media.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
Muslim youth, Muslim Women, Sweden, Diversity, Politics of Visibility, Muslim youth organisations, Media, Fashion
National Category
Ethnology
Research subject
Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84969OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-84969DiVA: diva2:582206
Conference
Stream 3: Dimensions of Diversity in Norden. The 102nd Annual Meeting of The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), May 3-5, 2012, Salt Lake City, USA
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2013-01-03 Created: 2013-01-03 Last updated: 2016-08-09Bibliographically approved

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