Racism in counter-terrorism and surveillance discourse

Editor: Dr Katy Sian (Department of Sociology, University of York, UK)

Scope: The international ‘war on terror’ prompted a surge of counter-terror measures across Western democracies in the campaign to contain extremism. The effects of this increased securitization has had major consequences for Muslim and racialized populations more generally, who have found themselves caught up in state surveillance and counter-terror operations. It is argued that definitions of extremism have meant that the category of ‘terror suspect’ continues to be underpinned by Orientalist, racist, and Islamophobic articulations. This article collection seeks to critically address the historical shifts and contemporary developments in counter-terrorism discourse, and their impact upon racial groups in national and international contexts.

Read the collection foreword by Editor Katy Sian.

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