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Can religious affiliation explain the disadvantage of Muslim women in the British labour market?

Khattab, Nabil, Hussein, Shereen (2018) Can religious affiliation explain the disadvantage of Muslim women in the British labour market? Work, Employment and Society, 32 (6). pp. 1011-1028. ISSN 0950-0170. E-ISSN 1469-8722. (doi:10.1177/0950017017711099) (KAR id:68298)


This article aims to explain the labour market penalties among Muslim women in Britain. It draws on theories of intersectionality and colour/cultural racism to argue that the labour market experience of British-Muslim women is multiply determined via criteria of ascription such as ethnicity, migration status, race and religion rather than criteria of achievement. The study uses data from the Labour Force Survey (2002–2013) with a large sample (N=245,391) of women aged 19–65 years. The overarching finding suggests that most Muslim women, regardless of their multiple ascriptive identities, generation and levels of qualifications, still face significant penalties compared with their White-British Christian counterparts. The penalties for some groups, such as Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black-Muslim women, are harsher than for Indian and White-Muslim women, demonstrating how different social markers and multiple identities have contingent relationships to multiple determinants and outcomes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0950017017711099
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1177/0950017017711099 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - Work, Employment and Society [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Ethnic penalty, integration, intergenerational change, intersectionality, Muslim women, UK labour market
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 20:57 UTC
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