The Politics of Islamophobia
Race, Power and Fantasy
Moves beyond the limited framing of the 'War on Terror' which has dominated recent debates, offering a new perspective on the study of Islamophobia.
Throughout the book, what emerges is that most of our knowledge of Muslim communities is apprehended through signifiers, as defined by 'liberal' politicians and media: there is the - aforementioned - maligned Muslim female, the ontically pure religious Muslim and the fundamentalist terrorist. Through study of instances where politicians - from Tony Blair and David Cameron, to Geert Wilders and Enoch Powell - activate these racist essentialisms we begin to see how Islamophobia takes form as an expression of racialised governmentality. By mobilising accounts across different national contexts, David Tyrer reveals how Islamophobia is defining relations between states and ethnicised minorities.
David Tyrer is Reader in Critical Theory at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the co-author of Race, Crime and Resistance (SAGE, 2011) and The Politics of Islamophobia (Pluto, 2013).
'A new framework of political and social theory which will facilitate the interrogation of Islamophobia, drawing on complex, multi-level analysis that makes a major contribution' - Ian Law, Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies at the University of Leeds and author of Racism and Ethnicity: Global Debates, Dilemmas, Directions (2010).
1. Framing Islamophobia
2. Now you see me: fantasy and misrecognition
3. Once more, with feeling: Islamophobia and racial politics
4. Post-politics and Islamophobia
5. Democrat, Moderate, Other
6. Islamophobia beyond the war on terror
7. Questions, questions, questions: reframing Islamophobia
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745331324
eBook ISBN: 9781849648745
135mm x 215mm