Anisa Mustafa is a Teaching Associate in Public Policy in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham. She is Module Convenor for 'Welfare Policy' (postgraduate) and 'Contemporary Developments in Welfare Policy' (Year 3 undergraduate). She also teaches on the postgraduate module 'Research Methods and Research Management' and supervises postgraduate dissertation students.
Anisa has an ESRC-funded PhD (2015) and Master's in Research Methods in Sociology (2011), both from the University of Nottingham. Her doctoral thesis titled 'Active citizenship, dissent and power: the cultural politics of young British Muslims' is based on an ethnographic study of Muslim activists in the Midlands region of the UK, who participate in social movements in order to negotiate their place in British society. It presents an empirically informed account of how sub-political forms of participation relate to citizenship, democracy, post-nationalism and social cohesion, all themes of growing sociological and political significance, particularly in a climate of growing securitisation in global and national regimes of governance.
Previously Anisa worked as a journalist in Pakistan and the UK and has also worked as an administrator in the public sector supporting education and training for mental health workforce development. Anisa's research interests lie in citizenship, political participation, social movements, cultural politics, multiculturalism, youth, marginalisation, social inequalities and social science research methods.
Citizenship, Multiculturalism, Political Participation, Social Movements, Social exclusion, Equality and Justice, Welfare Policy, Research Methods
Module convenor, lecturing, seminar lead and personal tutoring on MA International Social Policy, MA Public Policy, MA Public Administration and Third Year Undergraduate module. Teaching Welfare… read more
Active citizenship, dissent and civic consciousness: a study of the political and civic activism of young British Muslims
This study focuses on the non-electoral political and civic activism of young British Muslims to gain an empirically informed understanding of how these forms of participation relate to citizenship and civic identity. This follows from the argument that such mobilisations can be crucial in engendering a civic consciousness and capacity for active citizenship among minorities. This study makes an important contribution to an underrepresented and priority area within research on ethnic minorities, youth and multicultural citizenship by drawing on and advancing knowledge within two distinct bodies of literature; firstly contemporary debates on Muslim citizenship in a post-9/11 context and secondly the emerging study of youth politics in Western democracies.
Within academic research Muslim citizenship has been depicted as increasingly 'precarious' in the West due to the marginalisation and criminalisation of Muslims following 9/11. Yet, despite discourses and policies that question their belonging and contribution to Britain, young Muslims do engage in a range of social movements and civic initiatives to claim citizenship on their own terms. Knowledge on these important markers of active citizenship is still sporadic, with gaps that this study aims to address through expanding the empirical body of research.
In a different context, the study of politics in liberal democracies is warning of a 'democratic deficit' linked to low electoral turnout and participation among young people suffering from political apathy. In the case of young Muslims lack of political and civic engagement is frequently interpreted as a risk factor for extremism and radicalisation. These fears neglect to take into account suggestions that the young are not disengaged and disaffected from politics but are instead being drawn to dissent or issue-based politics. This study aims to explore such alternative forms of action among young Muslims, adopting an ethnographic approach and narrative methods as a means of eliciting their marginalised voices. By combining ethnography with narrative inquiry this research aims to gain a deeper and more bottom-up understanding of how individual agency relates to collective action within civil society.
MUSTAFA, A., 2017. ‘‘Every moment is revolution’: The lived politics and resistance of Young British Muslims in the security state’. In: GRASSO, M. and BESSANT, J., eds., Governing Youth Politics in the Age of Surveillance Routledge. (In Press.)
MUSTAFA, A., 2014. Collective identity, Muslim identity politics and the paradox of essentialism In: Sense of Belonging in a Diverse Britain, conference proceedings, November 2014, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, University of Coventry and Dialogue Society..
New Citizen Politics, emerging forms of political participation through social movements, focusing on contemporary challenges to neoliberalism
The role of social media and digital communications in participatory democracy
Muslim women and political agency: the intersections of gender and religion in the politics of citizenship and equality