This paper explores the ‘spaces’ left over for Muslims to be ‘radical’ and the management of minority identities in light of their securitization in the UK. The paper considers a key site of this management of ‘radical’ identities: the university. The university works as prototypical case because of the ways in student activism and identity are a priori drawn together but also because of the prevalence of higher education among terrorists in the UK and USA. As a result, universities have been specifically targeted in counterterrorism and counter-radicalization measures. The paper reveals through student narratives how security discourses of ‘radicalization’ constrain their activism, university experience and identities. Yet, alternative identity constructions emerge that work against the moderate/radical binary. These narratives show how incomplete the process is of incorporating Muslims into the nation.
- Journal : Ethnic and Racial Studies
- Author : Katherine E. Brown, Tania Saeed
- Date : 2015
- Volume : 38 (11)
- Pages : 1952-1968
- Link : http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01419870.2014.911343#tabModule