A Suitable Enemy
Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe
Liz Fekete argues that at the same time as the EU introduces selective migration policies, it closes its borders against asylum seekers who were the first victims of the growth of the security state which now embraces Muslims. She explores the way in which antiterrorist legislation has been used to evict undesirable migrants, how deportation policies commodify and dehumanise the most vulnerable and how these go hand in hand with evolving forms of racism, particularly Islamophobia.
At the heart of the book is an examination of xenoracism - a non-colour coded form of institutionalised racism - where migrants who do not assimilate, or who are believed to be incapable of assimilation, are excluded.
Liz Fekete is Executive Director of the Institute of Race Relations and has written and lectured widely on issues of migration, race and security in Europe. She edits the European Race Bulletin. She is a consultant on refugee and immigration issues to a number of organisations, including the Refugee Council, and was an expert witness at the Basso Permanent Peoples' Tribunal and the World Tribunal on Iraq. She is the author of A Suitable Enemy (Pluto, 2009).
Foreword by A. Sivanandan
Xeno-Racism and the Security State
1. The Emergence of Xeno-racism
2. Anti-Muslim Racism and the Security State
Islamophobia and Accusatory Processes
3. Enlightened Fundamentalism? Immigration, Feminism and the Right
4. The New McCarthyism
Detention and Deportation
5. The Deportation Machine
6. 'Speech Crime' and Deportation
The fight for Civil Rights
7. They Are Children Too
8. Islamophobia, Youth Resistance and the Meaning of Liberty
Notes to the text
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