Racial capitalism, Islamophobia and austerity

Ali, Nadya and Whitham, Ben (2020) Racial capitalism, Islamophobia and austerity. International Political Sociology. ISSN 1749-5679

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Explorations of Islamophobia or anti-Muslim racism predominantly focus on issues of security policy and media representations, set against the backdrop of the global “War on Terror.” This scholarship explores the racialization of Muslim populations across different global contexts, including the UK, Europe, the United States, and China. However, Islamophobia has also been articulated through concerns about the economy, jobs, public services, and national debt in times of austerity. Narratives have emerged around Muslim families in the UK receiving “excessive” welfare benefits, preferential access to social housing, and pressuring public services through “breeding.” This article offers a new way of thinking about the links between Islamophobia and austerity through an engagement with the literature on racial capitalism. The article shows how constructions of Muslim populations as the “undeserving poor” are central to the intersectional racialized and gendered disentitlements of austerity. The analysis draws on the findings from twelve interviews and a six-person focus group with Muslim subjects based in London to illustrate the political economy of austerity Islamophobia.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
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Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2020 07:49
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2020 10:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94931

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