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Migration, Crisis, Liberalism: the cultural and racial politics of Islamophobia and “radical alterity” in modern Greece

Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth; Tsimouris, Giorgos

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Giorgos Tsimouris



Abstract

This paper attempts a critical and ethnographically informed reading of the complex assemblage of linkages between migration, racialization and liberal values in modern Greece as a symptomatic case of European attitudes to migration. In line with recent scholarship on racialization and Islamophobia, we discuss novel forms of racism, that support the construction of hierarchies and geographies of entitlement, going beyond notions of biological difference. Processes of inclusion and exclusion, we argue, rest on a meshwork of seemingly disparate identification markers that form the basis of universalist, hegemonic visions of citizenship. Migrants are ultimately expected by considerable sections of the Greek public to demonstrate their acceptance of an array of values regarded as “European”, and to manifest their support to (neo)liberal regimes of subjectification. We conclude by arguing that racialization can be traced back to an imagined “orient”, and just as well, to contemporary cultural and political imperialist projects.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 19, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 22, 2018
Publication Date Aug 9, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 12, 2017
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies
Print ISSN 0141-9870
Electronic ISSN 1466-4356
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 10
Pages 1874-1892
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2018.1400681
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1376744

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