Tag Archives: Islamaphobia

‘Grooming’ and Racialisation Politics

In the wake of 9/11, contemporary Islamophobia has become globalised, especially in the ‘West’. In turn, ‘a global stock of clichés, stereotypes and folk myths about the Muslim ‘Other’’ are frequently drawn upon to inform common sense about local circumstances and local events. These processes can underpin ‘a seemingly never-ending series of moral panic spirals in which the perceived deviance of Muslims is amplified’.

In recent research, Waqas Tufail (a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University) and Scott Poynting (adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney) have traced how Muslim communities became demonised following a case of ‘grooming’ and sexual violence in Rochdale, UK. Continue reading ‘Grooming’ and Racialisation Politics

Criminalising Muslim Minorities

Photo by David Holt, 5 May 2014. Via Creative Commons.

Following Post-war immigration to many Anglophone countries (the UK, Australia, and elsewhere) ‘othered’ immigrants have encountered common expectations to assimilate, and prove it. A failure or refusal to integrate has, historically, been viewed as deviant. However, this has been tempered by notions of cultural pluralism and official multiculturalism in recent years.

At critical junctures, however, the demands to ‘integrate’ become ever more present. Research, by Waqas Tufail and Scott Poynting, demonstrates how young British Muslims have become the subject of ‘increasingly oppressive assimilationist and socially controlling forms of integrationism’. Continue reading Criminalising Muslim Minorities