No Place for a Woman: Harmful Practices, Religion and State Responses

  • Pragna PatelEmail author


This chapter examines how notions of culture and religion are inextricably linked to the control of black and minority women in the UK and used to legitimate harmful practices, such as domestic violence, forced marriage and honour-based violence. It is a process in which the British state has often been complicit through official policies on multiculturalism that previously contributed to the violations of women’s human rights and freedoms. Years of struggles by black feminists against racism and aspects of multiculturalism finally began to yield positive changes, but recent developments in law and social policy, such as the push towards the privatisation of justice and the promotion of faith-based approach to minorities (multi-faithism), now threaten to undo the gains that have been made. These new developments need to be urgently tackled, since they contribute to a climate that is conducive to the promotion of gender inequality and patriarchal power in minority communities.


Domestic Violence Minority Woman Minority Community South Asian Woman Family Matter 
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  1. 1.Southall Black SistersSouthallUK

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