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Muslim women's new defenders: Women's rights, nationalism and Islamophobia in contemporary Australia

Ho, Christina

Women's Studies International Forum, 2007, Vol.30(4), pp.290-298 [Tạp chí có phản biện]

ISSN: 0277-5395 ; E-ISSN: 1879-243X ; DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2007.05.002

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  • Nhan đề:
    Muslim women's new defenders: Women's rights, nationalism and Islamophobia in contemporary Australia
  • Tác giả: Ho, Christina
  • Chủ đề: Women'S Studies
  • Là 1 phần của: Women's Studies International Forum, 2007, Vol.30(4), pp.290-298
  • Mô tả: In recent years, Australian nationalism has been increasingly framed against a dangerous Muslim ‘other’. This article offers a gendered analysis of this nationalism, arguing that a discourse of protecting women's rights has enabled Islam to be portrayed as inherently misogynistic and therefore a threat to Australia's egalitarian culture. This racialised paternalism was clearly articulated in debates surrounding the December 2005 Cronulla riots, a response to the alleged aggressive and misogynistic behaviour of ‘Lebanese Muslim’ males at Cronulla beach in Sydney. The article shows that such discursive acts are part of a broader history of colonial feminism that legitimated Western supremacy through arguing that colonised societies oppressed ‘their women’ and were thus unfit for self-governance, a logic which has also been commonplace in the recent war on terror. It concludes by exploring how Muslim women themselves can speak publicly about women's rights without fuelling further...
  • Ngôn ngữ: English
  • Số nhận dạng: ISSN: 0277-5395 ; E-ISSN: 1879-243X ; DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2007.05.002

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