Islamophobia, anti-racism and the British left: Muslim activists as ‘racialised outsiders’

Harris, S. (2022) Islamophobia, anti-racism and the British left: Muslim activists as ‘racialised outsiders’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 48(13), pp. 3078-3094. (doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2021.1965472)

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Against a backdrop of racialised nationalism and widespread securitisation of Muslim communities, how are those on the British political left responding to the issue of Islamophobia? This paper draws together empirical accounts from anti-racist activists with a series of theoretical contributions from scholars in the field of ‘race’ and racism studies. I point towards an ambivalence in talking about and challenging Islamophobia amongst non-Muslim activists, and highlight accounts by Muslim activists of marginalisation and Islamophobia on the British left. I argue that these trends are best understood – and critically addressed – by drawing on understandings of racialisation and nationalism. Finally, I consider how we might think about the role of Muslim activists on the left, drawing on the concept of the ‘racialised outsider’ (Virdee [2014. Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan]) to argue that their experiences and analyses place them in a unique position from which to challenge Islamophobia in the current moment.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harris, Scarlet
Authors: Harris, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Publisher:Informa UK Limited
Published Online:12 November 2021

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