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Constructing and contesting threat: representations of white British muslims across British national and muslim newspapers

Constructing and contesting threat: representations of white British muslims across British national and muslim newspapers

Amer, Amena ORCID: 0000-0002-4634-1789 and Howarth, Caroline (2017) Constructing and contesting threat: representations of white British muslims across British national and muslim newspapers. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (5). pp. 614-628. ISSN 0046-2772 (Print), 1099-0992 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2352)

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Abstract

White British Muslims pose a challenge to racialised representations of British Muslims as non-white, foreign and Other. By drawing on tools from Critical Discourse Analysis to develop Social Representations Theory on a micro-analytic level, and making connections with other relevant social psychological theories on intergroup relations, this article examines the constructions of white British Muslims as a threat in six national and two Muslim British newspapers. It looks at how discourses are used to create, perpetuate and challenge the ‘hegemonisation’ of social representations in majority and minority press. The findings show that white British Muslims are portrayed as a threat not just despite, but because of, their position as part of the ‘white British’ ingroup. Consequently, the threat they pose often leads to their Muslimness being emphasised. This was, at times, contested, however, either through direct challenges, or by making the threat ambivalent by drawing on their whiteness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: threat, white British Muslims, social representations, critical discourse, analysis, media, power
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2020 13:41
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/27959

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