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The violence of suspicion within a ‘war on terror’ context

Patel, T 2012, The violence of suspicion within a ‘war on terror’ context , in: White Rose Violence Symposium, 26th January 2012, University of Sheffield. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In reporting on work in progress, this paper considers the nature and power of everyday violence within the ‘War on Terror’ context. In particular, the impact of suspicion and citizen surveillance on those marked as ‘hyper-visible’, i.e. those seen as South Asian or Arabic and Muslim, is considered as a form of violence that is sanctioned by the state and its allied security service agents. It is argued that members of this ethnic group are subjected to emotional and psychological harm as a result of being marked out as a ‘problem group’ or as a member of a ‘suspect community’, which involves deviant labels, such as anti-British, enemy within, illegal immigrant, sympathiser of terrorist activity, radicalised student, etc., being applied on a regular basis, despite any actual evidence of criminal behaviour on their part.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: TG Patel
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 13:18
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:24
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/20645

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