It’s not about security, it’s about racism : counter-terror strategies, civilizing processes and the post-race fiction

Patel, TG 2017, 'It’s not about security, it’s about racism : counter-terror strategies, civilizing processes and the post-race fiction' , Palgrave Communications, 3 .

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Abstract

Using a range of international examples, this article examines the ways in which members of the black and minority ethnic population continue to be viewed as problematic and deviant, challenging the claim that we are now living in a post-race state. The article considers how race and racism are still in reality, used to socially order society—and specifically criminalize those black and minority ethnic groups of (real or perceived) Muslim background—what I call “brown bodies”. Turning its focus to the United Kingdom, although offering an analysis applicable to other countries with similar racialized conditions, the article discusses how sub-measures under current counter-terror discourse not only serve to control and regulate Muslim populations, but more so, the civilizing undertone of its Western (or, British) values and national security narrative continue to normalize and perpetuate antiMuslim sentiment and construct Muslims as “suspect” communities at every possible opportunity. This process draws on a “post-colonial fantasy” and re-uses established practices of “race-consumption” to control brown bodies. This ensures that anti-Muslim racism remains a key feature of contemporary British society. The article ends noting its support for that body of literature that critiques the claim that we are now living in a post-race state. This article is published as part of a collection on racism in counter-terrorism and surveillance discourse.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Palgrave Communications
Publisher: Palgrave Communications
ISSN: 2055-1045
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Depositing User: TG Patel
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 08:32
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 11:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42344

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