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Anti-Muslim racism and the racialisation of sexual violence: ‘intersectional stereotyping’ in mass media representations of male Muslim migrants in Germany

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posted on 15.10.2019 by Iris Wigger
© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article examines how German print media have represented male migrants with Muslim backgrounds in relation to mainstream society and the stereotypes drawn on and created, including that of the migrant Muslim man as a criminal and sexual perpetrator. Media reports about ‘lecherous refugees’ have risen in the wake of wider social controversies about the European refugee crisis and the consequences of welcoming over 1.5 million refugees from predominantly Muslim countries into Germany in recent years. Many of these reports reflect the Cologne New Year’s Eve 2016 sexual attacks by migrant men against German women. This study of German print media identifies a racialisation and ‘islamicisation’ of sexual violence and proposes the original theoretical concept of intersectional stereotyping to conceptualise the intersecting of religious, racialised and gendered patterns in media representations of male Muslim migrants. The research combines and extends the analytical frameworks of intersectionality and stereotyping to develop a new concept useful in media studies and beyond. The article provides a previously unexplored insight into racialised anti-Muslim stereotyping in German society in socio-political and historical context through the lens of print media.

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  • Social Sciences

Published in

Culture and Religion

Volume

20

Issue

3

Pages

248-271

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Culture and Religion on 02 Sep 2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/14755610.2019.1658609.

Acceptance date

19/08/2019

Publication date

2019-09-02

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1475-5610

eISSN

1475-5629

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Iris Wigger

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