Governing and contesting marginality: Muslims and urban governance in the UK

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Sites of Muslim settlement in the UK are frequently portrayed as poorly integrated and governed areas – a situation that is often attributed to the excessive cultural and religious accommodation of Muslim minorities under flawed policies of state multiculturalism. Through a case study of an English city, Birmingham, home to the UK’s largest Muslim population outside of London, I argue that sites of Muslim settlement have, rather, been subject to extraordinary and punitive governing practices. These governing practices moreover rely for their legitimacy on the portrayal of these sites as poorly integrated and governed. Nevertheless, whilst areas of Muslim settlement have been subject to spatially focused, punitive forms of governance, these have not necessarily been fully coherent and they have also been contested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2497-2515
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number11
Early online date28 Nov 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Nov 2019

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship


  • Muslims
  • Prevent
  • counter extremism


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