The Use of Race and Racialisation for Critical Counter-Radicalisation Studies: A Conceptual Contribution
Scholars increasingly criticise counter-radicalisation policies for discriminating Muslims. Despite literature demonstrating the relation between racism and discrimination of Muslims in other discourses, critical counter-radicalisation theories overlook the role of race and racialisation. As is illustrated by studies criticising the British counter-radicalisation policy PREVENT, these theories are consequently unable to explain at least two issues: the relation between the logic of PREVENT, which focuses on Muslims, and the people predominantly targeted by it, South-Asians and Blacks, and how vulnerability and risk are turned into a natural aspect of being Muslim. The concepts of race and racialisation will bring conceptual clarity and allow critical counter-radicalisation scholars to analyse these and other issues while simultaneously maintaining an overview of how they are related.
Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen