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NCJ Number: 229236 Find in a Library
Title: I'm a Muslim But I'm Not a Terrorist: Victimization, Risky Identities and the Performance of Safety
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:49  Issue:6  Dated:November 2009  Pages:736-754
Author(s): Gabe Mythen; Sandra Walklate; Fatima Khan
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines the views and perspectives of a group of young British Pakistani Muslims impacted by the discourse of the terrorist threat.
Abstract: Results show a cluster of findings that coalesce around notions of risk, identity, and the experience of victimization. Participants expressed opinions on how Muslims and Islam are misrepresented in the media, focusing on the ways and means by which victims are turned into villains. The responses showed racially motivated ideological and material victimization amongst the participants. Impacts of potential victimization on the identities of the young people and the ways in which identities are managed, expressed, and concealed are discussed. The ways in which young Muslims see themselves, are seen, and see themselves being seen is critical, not just for criminologists, but also for community leaders, politicians, social workers, legal professionals, and policymakers. The interface between the terrorist risk, identity, and victimization cannot be decoupled from longstanding domestic problems faced by Muslim minority groups, including those around social exclusion, the unequal distribution of resources, religious bias, lack of political representation, and unequal economic power relations. Data were collected from 32 British Muslims of Pakistani heritage aged 18- to 26-years old. References
Main Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; Media-terrorism relationships
Index Term(s): Multiple victimization; Religion; Self concept; Socioculture
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