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Political approaches to tackling Islamophobia: An 'insider/outsider' analysis of the british coalition government's approach between 2010-15

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posted on 2019-09-16, 14:11 authored by Chris Allen
Soon after the Conservative-led Coalition government came to power in 2010, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi announced that Islamophobia had passed the 'dinner-table test' in contemporary Britain. Resultantly, the need to address Islamophobia was identified as a priority for the Coalition. This article critically analyses how the Coalition sought to achieve this and the extent to which it was successful. Focusing on the period 2010-15, this article initially frames what is meant by Islamophobia, before briefly setting out how it had been responded to by previous British governments. Regarding the Coalition, a threefold approach is adopted that considers the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, the Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hate, and the political discourses used by the Coalition about Muslims and Islam more generally. Concluding that the Coalition failed to meet the high expectations set byWarsi's speech, this article considers why this might have been so.

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Social Sciences, 2017, 6 (3)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Criminology

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Social Sciences

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MDPI

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2076-0760

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2017-07-10

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2017

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2019-09-16

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https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/6/3/77

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en

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