The politics of voluntary and involuntary identities: are Muslims in Britain an ethnic, racial or religious minority?

Meer, Nasar (2008) The politics of voluntary and involuntary identities: are Muslims in Britain an ethnic, racial or religious minority? Patterns of Prejudice, 42 (1). ISSN 0031-322X

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Abstract

The denial that racism operates against Muslims qua Muslims has permeated public and media discourse of late. Intellectuals, commentators and legislators from across the political spectrum have explicitly rationalised this position by distinguishing involuntary racial identities from voluntary religious identities. Meer explores the nature of Muslim identity vis-a-vis the involuntary and voluntary dichotomy before examining the consequences of recognizing some ‘racial’ identities in anti-discrimination formulas while ignoring others. This is followed by a short case study of some of the ‘commonsense’ arguments about race and religion that surrounded the proposed incitement to religious hatred legislation in Britain. The findings suggest that Muslims in Britain are disadvantaged by the operation of a ‘normative grammar’ of race that materially (in terms of legal instruments) and discursively (in terms of public and media comment) treats their racialization with less seriousness than it does that of other minorities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legislation, Religion, Ethnicity, Race discrimination
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2010 08:30
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/976

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