A complex interplay between religion, gender and marginalization: Pakistani schoolgirls in Hong Kong

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Abstract

This article investigates the complex interplay between religion, gender and marginalization among a group of Pakistani schoolgirls in Hong Kong. It is found that the participants experience multiple marginalization and develop various strategies against disadvantageous positions. It is also found that, while the Pakistani girls attempt to extricate themselves from the gendered practices in their heritage culture and its customs that marginalize and confine women, they simultaneously seek to establish an Islamic or Muslim identity that differentiates them from local girls. It argues that, while mainstream culture has, to a certain extent, released Pakistani girls from the oppression and pressure of religion and customs, they have not been provided sufficient guidance to realize their dreams, making the release temporary and uncertain. The implications of the findings and directions for future research are discussed. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1934-1951
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume38
Issue number11
Early online dateAug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Gu, M. M. (2015). A complex interplay between religion, gender and marginalization: Pakistani schoolgirls in Hong Kong. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(11), 1934-1951. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2014.941895

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Marginalization
  • Ethnic minority
  • Pakistani girls
  • Hong Kong

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