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‘Muslim is the new black’ - new ethnicities and new essentialisms in the prison

Earle, Rod and Phillips, Coretta (2013). ‘Muslim is the new black’ - new ethnicities and new essentialisms in the prison. Race and Justice, 3(2) pp. 114–129.

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Drawing from a recent qualitative study of identity, ethnicity and social relations in two English prisons the authors reflect on the Stuart Hall’s formulation of a new ethnicities paradigm. Using a vignette case study and the comments of a range of prisoners they consider how persistent patterns of racism are reproduced and challenged in the prison and beyond. British and penal historical and cultural contexts are provided to facilitate an empirically informed discussion of plural and evolving racisms, new ethnicities and Islamophobia. An argument is presented that suggests a thinly theorised understanding of ethnicity is assuming the status of a falsely benign orthodoxy, one that shrouds the familiar and painful injuries of racism.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Author(s)
ISSN: 2153-3687
Keywords: muslims; Blacks; Islamophobia; identity; new ethnicities; racism; prison
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
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Item ID: 36549
Depositing User: Rod Earle
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 10:41
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2017 20:34
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