What is Islamophobia?: Racism, Social Movements and the State

What is Islamophobia?: Racism, Social Movements and the State

By: Tom Mills (editor), David Miller (editor), Narzanin Massoumi (editor)Paperback

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As racist undercurrents in many western societies become manifestly entrenched, the prevalence of Islamophobia - and the need to understand what perpetuates it - has never been greater. Critiquing the arguments found in notionally left accounts and addressing the limitations of existing responses, What is Islamophobia? demonstrates that Islamophobia is not simply a product of abstract, or discursive, ideological processes, but of concrete social, political and cultural actions undertaken in the pursuit of certain interests. The book centres on what the editors refer to as the 'five pillars of Islamophobia': the institutions and machinery of the state; the far right, incorporating the counterjihad movement; the neoconservative movement; the transnational Zionist movement; and assorted liberal groupings including the pro-war left, and the new atheist movement. The book concludes with reflections on existing strategies for tackling Islamophobia, considering what their distinctive approaches mean for fighting back.

About Author

Narzanin Massoumi is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-19) at the University of Bath. She is the author of Muslim Women, Social Movements and the 'War on Terror' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and the co-editor of What is Islamophobia? (Pluto, 2017). Tom Mills is Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University. He is the author of The BBC: The Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016) and the co-editor of What is Islamophobia? (Pluto, 2017). David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. He is the co-editor of What is Islamophobia? (Pluto, 2017) and the author of Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy (Pluto, 2007) and A Century of Spin (Pluto, 2007).


Introduction - What is Islamophobia? 1. Islamophobia, Social Movements and the State: For a Movement Centred Approach by Narzanin Massoumi, David Miller, Tom Mills Part II: Islamophobia, Counter-terrorism and the State 2. Islamophobia and the Ideology of Empire by Arun Kundnani 3. Islamophobia - Intermestic Perspective by Deepa Kumar 4. The UK Counter-Terrorism Matrix: Structural Racism and the Case of Mahdi Hashi by Asim Qureshi 5. The `War on Terror' and the Attack on Muslim Civil Society by Shenaz Bunglawala Part III: Social Movements From Above 6. Mainstreaming Anti-Muslim Prejudice: The Rise of the Islamophobia Industry in American Electoral Politics by Nathan Lean 7. Terror Incognito: Black Flags, Plastic Swords and Other Weapons of Mass Disruption in Australia by Scott Poynting and Linda Briskman 8. Anti-Extremism, Islamophobia and the Counterjihad Movement by Hilary Aked 9. The Transatlantic Network: Funding Islamophobia and Israeli Settlements by Sarah Marusek 10. The Neoconservative Movement: Think Tanks as Elite Elements of Social Movements From Above by Tom Griffin, David Miller, Tom Mills 11. Liberal and Left Movements and the Rise of Islamophobia by Narzanin Massoumi, David Miller, Tom Mills Part IV: Fighting Back 12. Fighting Back: Challenging the State and Social Movements From Above by Narzanin Massoumi, David Miller, Tom Mills Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780745399577
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780745399577
  • ISBN10: 0745399576

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