Whose Crisis Counts? Minority Women, Austerity and Activism in France and Britain

  • Akwugo Emejulu
  • Leah Bassel
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


In this chapter we examine minority women’s institutionalised precarity in pre and post crisis France and Britain. Minority women must negotiate a paradox of misrecognition—they are simultaneously invisible and hypervisbile in the constructions of poverty, the economic crisis and austerity in these two countries. Even though minority women experience institutionalised social and economic inequalities, too often their experiences and perspectives are erased or devalued by social movement ‘allies’ and policymakers alike. Despite their calculated erasure, minority women are organising and mobilising in innovative ways to resist their inequality and advance their intersectional social justice claims.


Austerity Gender Race Intersectionality Minority women 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akwugo Emejulu
    • 1
  • Leah Bassel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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