Constituting 'Asian women': political representation, identity politics and local discourses of participation

Ray, K. 2003. Constituting 'Asian women': political representation, identity politics and local discourses of participation. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 26 (5), pp. 580-583.

TitleConstituting 'Asian women': political representation, identity politics and local discourses of participation
TypeJournal article
AuthorsRay, K.
Abstract

Political representation of ethnicized and other identities is a complex process, whereby identities are constructed and shaped through the competing claims of different collectivities. In the article I explore this process through a case study of a local authority community development project for Asian women. The analysis demonstrates that institutions are not neutral spaces in which contestations over collectivity are played out, but exert a constitutive impact upon the identities produced. Current theories of fluidity and instability in identities mean that collective identities must be staked strategically and contingently, determinant upon the political strategies appropriate within given institutional contexts.

KeywordsDifference, identity politics, political participation, local government, feminism
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Journal citation26 (5), pp. 580-583
ISSN0141-9870
Year2003
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/0141987032000109069
Publication dates
Published2003

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