I know who I am, but who do they think I am? Muslim perspectives on encounters with airport authorities

Leda Blackwood, Nick Hopkins, Steve Reicher

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    Abstract

    In this paper we report an analysis of individual and group interviews with thirty-eight Scottish Muslims concerning their encounters with authority - especially those at airports. Our analysis shows that a key theme in interviewees' talk of their experience in this context concerns the denial and misrecognition of valued identities such as being British, being respectable and being Muslim. One reason why such experiences are so problematic concerns the denial of agency associated with being positioned in terms that are not one's own. The implications of these findings for understanding the dynamics of intergroup relations are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1090-1108
    Number of pages19
    JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
    Volume36
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • PREJUDICE
    • belonging
    • INTERGROUP CONTACT
    • IDENTITY
    • MINORITY
    • SOCIAL-CHANGE
    • LEGITIMACY
    • border surveillance
    • social exclusion
    • POLICE
    • RECOGNITION
    • Social identities
    • national identity
    • Muslims
    • EXPERIENCES

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