I know who I am, but who do they think I am? Muslim perspectives on encounters with airport authorities.
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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.
Blackwood , L M , Hopkins , N & Reicher , S D 2013 , ' I know who I am, but who do they think I am? Muslim perspectives on encounters with airport authorities. ' Ethnic and Racial Studies , vol. 36 , no. 6 , pp. 1090-1108 . https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2011.645845
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Copyright 2012, Taylor and Francis. This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies (2013) Vol 36, Issue 1, pp. 190-1108 and is available online from Taylor and Francis at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2011.645845
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