The construction of Black British Muslim Women’s identities through clothing practices

Supervisory Panel: Richard Phillips (The University of Sheffield), Yasmin Hussain (The University of Leeds)

This project focuses on the clothing practices of Black British Muslim Women. By understanding how Black British Muslim Women perform shifting identities when engaging with different spaces, this project moves away from the headscarf debate and advances literature on the relationship between performances and agency whilst troubling rigid understandings of supposedly separate identity categories.

Research Questions:
• What can the clothing practices of Black British Muslim Women communicate about the performance of their identities?
• How do clothing practices change as we present ourselves in different spaces?

Oral histories and ethnographies (primarily ‘participant observation’) will help to explore and explain the fluidity of presentations as participants move through different spaces.