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Research Interests

I hold a PhD in Sociology, from the University of Warwick and Masters degrees in Sociology from (Delhi School of Economics) and in International Development (London School of Economics).

Research interests: Education and extremism in the UK, Citizenship, Gender relations and representations in South-Asia and South Asian diaspora, Muslim girlhoods, Third world feminism(s)

Active Research projects: 

(RE)CONSTRUCTIONS OF TEACHER IDENTITIES UNDER THE COUNTER-TERRORISM AGENDA: A GOVERNMENTALITY PERSPECTIVE, Funded by Leverhulme Trust (2017-20)

This project aims to understand the ways in which contemporary teacher identities are being (re)constructed by teacher’s incorporation into the prevent agenda in schools. In other words, I am interested in understanding how the counter-terrorism agenda has impacted teachers' professional labours and identities, by considering ways in which teachers are positioned, and are able to position themselves, around the policies and discourses of counter-terrorism within education and school settings.

Publications:

Hussain, Saba (2019) Contemporary Muslim Girlhoods in India: Social Justice, Identity and Agency, Routledge: Oxford. See https://www.routledge.com/Contemporary-Muslim-Girlhoods-in-India-A-Study-of-Social-Justice-Identity/Hussain/p/book/9781138606449

Hussain, S (2019) Social justice, politics of authorization and agency: A hybrid theoretical framework to study contemporary Muslim femininity, Womens Studies International Forum, Volume 74, May–June 2019, Pages 188-195

Hussain, S, and N. Hussein (2019) The (im) possibility of decolonising gender in South Asia: a reading of Bollywood’s ‘new women’. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal (2019): 1-19.

Hussain, Saba (2018) Merging career and marital aspirations: Emerging discourse of ‘new girlhood' among Muslims in Assam in Hussein, N (ed) Rethinking New Womanhood: Practices of gender, class, culture and religion in South Asia, Palgrave: London  https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319678993

Hussain, Saba and N. Hussain (2016) Beauty Queens and Hindu Militants: Indian women’s negotiation with Neoliberalism and Hindu Nationalism. Exchanges: Warwick Research Journal, 3:2, 227-240 (Peer-reviewed open access journal) http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/index.php/exchanges/article/view/9

Hussain, Saba and N.Hussein (2015) Interrogating Practices of Gender, Religion and Nationalism in the Representation of Muslim Women in Bollywood: Contexts of Change Sites of Continuity. Exchanges: Warwick Research Journal, 2: 2, 284-304(Peer-reviewed open access journal) http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/exchanges/index.php/exchanges/article/view/60

Forthcoming:

Hussain, S and N. Hussein (eds.) (2019) Border thinking gender in South Asia, Third World Thematic (a Third World Quarterly Journal). (Forthcoming end 2019)

Hussain, S and R. Yunus (2020) (eds.)  Interrogating education and Right-wing populism: Theories, practice, policy and pedagogic resistance’, British Educational Research Journal (Forthcoming mid 2020) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/14693518/homepage/berj_special_issues.htm

 Hussain, S (2019) Good girls and respectable Families: Symbolic Capital and Cultural Authorization among Muslims in Assam, Gender and Education (minor revisions)

Non-academic writing:

The OFSTED Hijab Controversy: Beyond the Hijab!, Discover Society, Dec 2017 https://discoversociety.org/2017/12/06/the-ofsted-hijab-controversy-beyond-the-hjiab/

Old Problem, New Lexicon: The EU Workplace Headscarf Ban, April 2017 https://discoversociety.org/2017/06/06/old-problem-new-lexicon-the-eu-workplace-headscarf-ban/

Vision Statement

I am a feminist sociologist with an interdisciplinary academic background in citizenship studies, sociology of education, and gender studies with a particular interest in theorizations of power and resistance in postcolonial contexts. My current Leverhulme Trust-funded research looks critically at changing contours of teacher’s professional identity in the light of their incorporation into the counter-terrorism agenda in the UK.

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Research Output

Contemporary Muslim Girlhoods in India: A Study of Social Justice, Identity and Agency in Assam

Hussain, S., 6 Jun 2019, 1 ed. London: Routledge. 140 p. (Gender and Society)

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  • The (im)possibility of decolonising gender in South Asia: a reading of Bollywood’s ‘new women’

    Hussain, S. & Hussein, N., 1 Oct 2019, In : Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal . (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 20 p.

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