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Can religious affiliation explain the disadvantage of Muslim women in the British labour market?, IN Work, Employment and Society, Vol 32 No 6 Dec 2018, pp1011-1028

Explores the labour market penalties among Muslim women in Britain. Draws on theories of intersectionality and colour/cultural racism and argues that the labour market experience of British-Muslim women is determined by criteria of ascription such as ethnicity, migration status, race and religion rather than criteria of achievement. Uses data from the Labour Force Survey (2002–2013) with a sample (n=245,391) of women aged 19–65 years. Presents the findings and 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. Notes that 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.


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Khattab, Nabil; Hussein, Shereen
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