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Republic of Islamophobia

The Rise of Respectable Racism in France

Jim Wolfreys

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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
01 May 2017
Why does Islamophobia dominate public debate in France? Islamophobia in France is rising, with Muslims subjected to unprecedented scrutiny of what they wear, eat and say. Championed by Marine Le Pen and drawing on the French colonial legacy, France's 'new secularism' gives racism a respectable veneer. Jim Wolfreys exposes the dynamic driving this intolerance: a society polarised by inequality, and the authoritarian neoliberalism of the French political mainstream. This officially sanctioned Islamophobia risks going unchallenged. It has divided the traditional anti-racist movement and undermined the left's opposition to bigotry. Wolfreys deftly unravels the problems facing those trying to confront today's rise in racism. Republic of Islamophobia illuminates both the uniqueness of France's anti-Muslim backlash and its broader implications for the West.
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Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781849046886
ISBN 10:   1849046883
Pages:   208
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Wolfreys lectures in French and European politics at King's College London. He is co-author (with Peter Fysh) of The Politics of Racism in France.

Reviews for Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France

A powerful tale of France's Islamophobic spiral. Rich in detail and with a keen ear for the ironies of moral panics around veiling, violence, and values, Wolfreys shows France's importance in this globally emerging phenomenon. A compelling argument for the links between political Islamophobia, neoliberalism, and the failures of the left. -- Arun Kundnani, author of 'The Muslims Are Coming!'


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