Hyper-Securitisation and Belonging: Understanding the Plight of Young Muslims in Melbourne, Australia

Tittensor, D, Hoffstaedter, G and Possamai, A 2020, Hyper-Securitisation and Belonging: Understanding the Plight of Young Muslims in Melbourne, Australia, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 480-496, doi: 10.1080/13602004.2020.1819127.

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Title Hyper-Securitisation and Belonging: Understanding the Plight of Young Muslims in Melbourne, Australia
Author(s) Tittensor, DORCID iD for Tittensor, D orcid.org/0000-0002-0719-873X
Hoffstaedter, G
Possamai, A
Journal name Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume number 40
Issue number 3
Start page 480
End page 496
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2020-09-22
ISSN 1360-2004
Keyword(s) hyper-securitisation
Islam
Muslims
terrorism
misrecognition
Summary Following 9/11 the Australian government instituted an unprecedented raft of counter-terrorism measures, which introduced both preventative mass surveillance and pre-crime offences. We suggest that this development represents part of a broader turn in the West towards a “militant democratic” approach to countering violent extremism that, whilst not directly targeting Muslims in name, does so in practice, and has had negative unintended consequences for Muslim diaspora communities. To support our claim we draw on 23 interviews with Muslim youths in Melbourne. In doing so we utilise Ghassan Hage’s application of misinterpellation to frame our analysis. We found that Muslim Australians are retreating into their ethno-religious identities as a result of a feeling of misrecognition. We also found that a climate of fear and anxiety is leading to self-censorship and that there was a sense of disconnect between the current leadership and Muslim youth, and that as a result government consultation should extend beyond Muslim peak bodies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13602004.2020.1819127
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Field of Research 1606 Political Science
1699 Other Studies in Human Society
2204 Religion and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143009

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