Minority Women, Austerity and Activism

Akwugo Emejulu, Leah Bassel

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Based on their study of minority women’s activism in the context of the economic crisis in Scotland, England and France, the authors question how well third sector organisations, policy-makers and social movements have responded to minority women’s perspectives and needs arising from austerity and racism. Apart from being disproportionately affected by the cuts, minority women are also undermined by dominant discourses which can (mis)represent them as either ‘victims’ or ‘enterprising actors’. There appears, from the excerpted interviews, to be a disconnect between minority women’s experiences and analyses of their precarity, their desire to take radical action and the compliant and domesticating projects and programmes that are currently being offered by some of their third sector ‘allies’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-95
Number of pages10
JournalRace & Class
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

© 2015 Institute of Race Relations.


We are grateful to the British Academy, Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, and the College of Social Science University of Leicester for their support of this work.


  • activism
  • austerity
  • minority women
  • social enterprise,
  • social movements
  • third sector


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