Poole, EA (2012) The case of Geert Wilders: Multiculturalism, Islam, and Identity in the UK. Journal of Religion in Europe, 5 (2). 162 - 191.

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Abstract

This article aims to show how in the current political climate in the UK debates about multiculturalism, religion, and identity, in relation to Muslims, have played out in the public sphere through an examination of British news media coverage of the Geert Wilders case. Wilders, a far right Dutch MP, was refused entry to the UK in February 2009 for inciting racial hatred. Coverage of this event demonstrates the struggles around identity taking place amongst various social, political groups in the UK. I will show how Islam, in particular, is currently central to these discursive debates and how different groups’ interpretations of the event attempt to assert ideas of ‘Britain’ and ‘Britishness.’

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Muslims; representation; Islam; multiculturalism; identity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 08:08
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 09:43
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1751

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