British Muslims and the discourses of dysfunction: community cohesion and counterterrorism in the West Midlands

George Kassimeris, Leonie Jackson

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This article analyses how British discursive representations of Muslims during the last decade were utilised in a local context during the planning stages of a proposed mosque in the West Midlands town of Dudley. Locating the central narratives in dominant national discourses of community cohesion and counterterrorism, this article analyses how correspondents to a local newspaper re-articulated national representations of Muslims as culturally dysfunctional in a local context and used these representations to argue against construction. By critically analysing the local expression of dominant national discourses of threat and blame, in terms of both inherent contradictions and ideological effects, this article highlights the ways in which these discourses worked to exclude Muslims while simultaneously reprimanding them for failing to integrate into a national and local culture that regarded them as inherently 'other'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-196
Number of pages18
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Issue number2
Early online date8 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


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