The intersectional identities of gay Arab Muslim men in the U.K.

Ridler, Carl (2018) The intersectional identities of gay Arab Muslim men in the U.K. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore the lives and identities of gay Arab Muslim men living in the U.K., a group that has not been specifically or exclusively researched in any previous study within the British context. The thesis aims to demonstrate how various identities such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, gender and social class intersect with each other within three different contexts: in an intra-personal context, in the context of relationships with family and kin, and in the context of interactions in white-dominant gay and non-gay spaces. The thesis investigates the outcomes of these intersections and how these outcomes are managed and negotiated. The study’s epistemology aligns in a broad sense with feminist epistemological approaches in making subjugated voices and marginalised experiences heard. A qualitative research methodology is adopted involving individual interviews with 35 men. Intersectionality is utilised as a theoretical framework, and the thesis asserts that concepts such as intra-categorical and inter-categorical intersectionality are extremely useful for achieving an in-depth understanding of the complexities and nuances of the lived experiences and identities of these men, illustrating both the diversity of experience subsumed within supposedly homogeneous ethnic categorisations, and uncovering how these men’s interlocking identities may be characterised by experiences of multiple discriminations, including homophobia, racism and Islamophobia.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Yip, Andrew K-T.
Bott, Esther
Keywords: Intersectionality, gay Arab Muslim
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.
H Social sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Item ID: 51639
Depositing User: Ridler, Carl
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 12:20
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 09:00
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51639

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