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Migrant mothers’ creative interventions into racialized citizenship

Erel, Umut; Reynolds, Tracey and Kaptani, Erene (2018). Migrant mothers’ creative interventions into racialized citizenship. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 41(1) pp. 55–72.

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Racialized migrant mothers are often cast as marginal to theoretical and political debates of citizenship, yet by taking seriously the contributions to cultural and caring citizenship they make, we challenge the racialized boundaries of citizenship. Drawing on theories of enacting citizenship, that is, challenging hegemonic narratives of who can legitimately claim to contribute to citizenship, we explore migrant women’s mothering through participatory theatre methods. Through analysis of participatory action research (PAR) with migrant mothers in London, we emphasize the significance of embodied and affective meanings for challenging racialized citizenship. The theatre methods allow participants to develop collective subjugated knowledges challenging racialized, gendered and classed stratifications of rights, burdens and privileges of caring citizenship. This draws attention to the important role of creativity of the self as an aspect of both cultural and care work for understanding racialized migrant mothers’ citizenship.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 0141-9870
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetAH/K00591X/1AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Keywords: Race; family; mother; citizenship; migration; creative participatory theatre methods
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 49500
Depositing User: Umut Erel
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 13:48
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 14:13
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