Advertisement

Empowering and Discouraging Factors

  • Mario Peucker
Chapter
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)

Abstract

Many interviewed Muslims mentioned a number of factors that have had an enabling or encouraging effect on their activism. These elaborations partially overlap with the previously analysed fundamental driving forces behind Muslim active citizenship. Many interview partners, for example, referred to their Islamic faith, their commitment to social justice or their general personality traits of resilience and altruism as empowering factors for their active citizenship. A closer examination of the interview data reveals additional insights into what encourages or enables Muslims to get involved in civic or political participation or intensify their engagement. Moreover, some interview partners also described circumstances or conditions that, in their views, discourage or hamper Muslims’ civic commitment, although these disempowering factors were usually mentioned as barriers experienced not by themselves but by other Muslims.

Keywords

Political Participation Civic Engagement Muslim Community Active Citizenship Political Engagement 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Al-Momani, K., Dados, N., Maddox, M., & Wise, A. (2010). Political participation of Muslims in Australia. Sydney: Macquarie University.Google Scholar
  2. Aly, A. (2007). Australian Muslim responses to the discourse on terrorism in the Australian popular media. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42(1), 27–40.Google Scholar
  3. Amath, N. (2013). The impact of 9/11 on Australian Muslim civil society organisations. Communication, Politics & Culture, 46, 116–135.Google Scholar
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (2011a). Voluntary work Australia. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia. Online document viewed 21 April 2015 http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/404350EEC6509985CA2579580013177A/$File/44410_2010.pdf
  5. Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF), & Volunteering Australia (VA). (2007a). Muslim youth and volunteering. Research bulletin (June 2007). Melbourne: VA.Google Scholar
  6. Bundesministerin für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ). (2010). Hauptbericht des Freiwilligensurveys 2009. Zivilgesellschaft, soziales Kapital und freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland 1999 – 2004 – 2009. Berlin: BMFSFJ.Google Scholar
  7. Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA). (2010). Civic and social participation of Australian Muslim men. Leichhardt: CIRCA.Google Scholar
  8. Dreher, T. (2010). Community media intervention. In H. Rane, J. Ewart, & M. Abdalla (Eds.), Islam and the Australian news media (pp. 185–205). Carlton: Melbourne University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Gendera, S., Pe-Pua, R., & Katz, I. (2012). Social cohesion and social capital: The experiences of Australian Muslim families in two communities. In F. Mansouri & V. Marotta (Eds.), Muslims in the West and the challenges of belonging (pp. 89–113). Carlton: Melbourne University Press.Google Scholar
  10. Halm, D., & Sauer, M. (2005). Freiwilliges Engagement von Türkinnen und Türken in Deutschland. Essen: ZfT.Google Scholar
  11. Peucker, M., & Akbarzadeh, S. (2014). Muslim active citizenship in the West. London/New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  12. Peterson, S. A. (1990). Political behaviour: Patterns in everyday life. Newbury Park: Sage.Google Scholar
  13. Putnam, R. D. (2000). Bowling alone: The collapse and revival of American community. New York: Simon and Schuster.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Rosenstone, S. J., & Hansen, J. M. (1993). Mobilization, participation, and democracy in America. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.Google Scholar
  15. Verba, S., Schlozman, K. L., & Brady, H. (1995). Voice and equality. Civic voluntarism in American politics. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  16. Werbner, P. (2000). Divided loyalties, empowered citizenship? Muslims in Britain. Citizenship Studies, 4(3), 307–324.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Yasmeen, S. (2007). Muslim women as citizens in Australia. Diverse notions and practices. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42(1), 41–54.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Peucker
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria UniversityCentre for Cultural Diversity and WellbeingMelbourneAustralia

Personalised recommendations