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"Muslim is the new black": new ethnicities and new essentialisms in the prison

Earle, Rod and Phillips, Coretta ORCID: 0000-0001-9796-7792 (2013) "Muslim is the new black": new ethnicities and new essentialisms in the prison. Race and Justice, 3 (2). pp. 114-129. ISSN 2153-3687

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Identification Number: 10.1177/2153368713483322


Drawing from a recent qualitative study of identity, ethnicity, and social relations in two English prisons, the authors reflect on 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 theorized understanding of ethnicity is assuming the status of a falsely benign orthodoxy, one that shrouds the familiar and painful injuries of racism.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Sage Publications Ltd.
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 15:03
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 14:42

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