Reading Peter Hopkins’ The Issue of Masculine Identities for British Muslims After 9/11: A Social Analysis

Robina Mohammad

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    Very soon after the World Trade Center attacks on September
    11th 2001, political geography underwent something of a terror
    turn e a significant refocusing of attention on the war on terror that
    led to some important work on geopolitics, terrorism and securitisation. Every disciplinary turn has its emphases and omissions,
    and perhaps inevitably this turn has constructed the events it
    studies in unintended ways. In particular, there have been many
    assertions about the impacts of the war on terror on everyday life,
    yet relatively little attention to empirical evidence. The World Trade
    Center attacks were rapidly heralded as marking a sea-change for
    global politics and for local social, political and spatial relations,
    although recent interventions have emphasised continuities as well
    as breaks with the past (Gregory & Pred, 2007; Hopkins & Smith,
    2008). Further, the flurry of work has been dominated by analyses that centre on ‘big’ politics and the global as the most pressing
    issue and scale of analysis. As political geographers, we have not
    always paused to reflect on what is taking place at other scales, as
    a part of, or despite, the ‘big’ processes. I have written elsewhere
    (Pain, 2009, 2010) about the dangers of ascribing fear as a taken for
    granted effect of the war on terror and securitisation; it has been
    a consistent theme in political geography since 2001. Hopkins’ text
    is one of the first in a growing group of studies to question some of
    these assumptions and reorient our attention.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)339-348
    Number of pages10
    JournalPolitical Geography
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


    • political geography
    • muslims
    • identity


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