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Poverty, ethnicity and gender magnify the impact of austerity on BME women

Low income black and Asian women are paying the highest price for austerity according to new analysis by the Women’s Budget Group in partnership with the race equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

The new analysis shows the impact of tax, benefit and public service changes at the intersection of income, gender and ethnicity for the first time. It covers fiscal policy from 2010 up to and including the 2016 Autumn Financial Statement projected up to 2020.

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State of the Sector: Contextualising the current experiences of BME ending violence against women and girls organisations

A report from Imkaan, the only UK based, second tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence  against  black  and  minority  ethnic  (BME) women  and  girls. The  organisation  holds over  fifteen  years  of  experience of working  around  issues  such as  domestic  violence, forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ violence. We work at local, national and international level, and in partnership with a range of organisations, to improve policy and practice responses to BME women and girls.

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Being and Belonging in Scotland: Exploring the Intersection of Ethnicity, Gender and National Identity among Scottish Pakistani Groups by Dr Akwugo Emejulu

Through an analysis of the views and attitudes of a small sample of the largest minority ethnic group in Scotland, I seek to examine two key issues in relation to recent research on ethnicity, national identity and belonging in Scottish social and political studies (McCrone and Kiely 2000; Bond and Rosie 2002; McCrone 2002; Bond 2006; Miller and Hussain 2006; McCrone and Bechhofer 2010). Firstly, I analyse how Scottish Pakistani groups name and claim their hyphenated identities as a practice of asserting their belonging in Scotland – in spite of systematic institutionalised racism and exclusion. In particular, I demonstrate how Scottish Pakistani groups appear to occupy the identity of ‘Scottish’ on fairly unproblematic terms. That Scottish Pakistani groups are able to claim a hyphenated identity that incorporates Scottishness seems to signal an important process taking place within a Scottish nationalist discourse whereby nationalist political elites have been able to advance an inclusive identity of Scottishness and this has created space for some minority ethnic groups to name and claim this identity and thus enhance their sense of belonging in this country. Secondly, I pivot from discussions about ethnicity and national identity to consider the gendered implications of belonging in Scotland. By analysing the gendered inequalities of autonomy embedded in some Scottish Pakistanis’ hyphenated identities, I argue that whilst a particular form of inclusive Scottish national identity creates spaces for minority ethnic groups to adopt Scottishness as part of their identities, patriarchical gender relations are left unchallenged thus limiting the autonomy of Scottish Pakistani women to create different types of identities that might subvert the essentialised gender inequalities they encounter. To identify and challenge hierarchical power relations embedded in identity, I argue that an intersectional approach which analyses the relationships between ethnicity, national identity and gender (alongside other identities such as race, class, disability and sexuality) must be enacted in order to obtain a more complete picture of what being, belonging and inclusion might mean for different groups in Scotland and beyond (Crenshaw 1991; Hill Collins 2000; Hancock 2007; Bassel and Emejulu 2010; Yuval-Davis 2012; Cho, Crenshaw and McCall 2013).

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Contemporary Grammars of Resistance: Two French Social Movements by Dr Leah Bassel

This article analyzes two social movements in France: the ‘Mouvement des Indigènes de la République’ [Movement of the ‘Indigenous’ of the Republic], and the ‘Réseau Éducation Sans Frontières’ [Education without Borders Network]. It explores the kinds of borders and underlying struggles that these social movements bring to light, and how their actions redraw borders. In these borderlands, actors in the two French resistance movements oppose exclusions and attempt to delegitimize the collective understanding of ‘la République’ that underpins them. This analysis builds on previous research demonstrating that social movements can succeed instrumentally in mobilizing participants when they resonate with and draw on participants’ ‘lifeworld’ (Edwards, 2008; Habermas, 1987). Moreover, I insist on the expressivist quality of these actions as performances of democratic freedom (Beltrán, 2009; Drexler, 2007). Finally, I consider some limitations and the broader lessons for border challenges.

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Leah Bassel for the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences blog

Research and public engagement operate in a wider social environment. More information or better dissemination will not simply make social problems go away. Leah Bassel suggests embedding research into mutually reinforcing partnerships with communities facing inequality and misrepresentation as an invigorating approach to engagement. Research can be made to work for the public good by working with – and not speaking in the place of – these groups.

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