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Negotiations of Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Group Conversations among Jews and Muslims


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The following chapter presents findings from group interviews with Muslims and Jews conducted in Norway between May 2016 and May 2017. Six groups were interviewed; three had Jewish participants and three had Muslim participants. The chapter explores interpretative patterns among the interviewees, focusing on the ways in which antisemitism and Islamophobia were expressed or rejected in the conversations, and how antisemitism and Islamophobia were perceived as contemporary societal problems. Photographs were used as visual prompts during the interviews and served as a starting point for the analysis of the social interaction between the interviewees. A central question of the analysis is how intergroup attitudes were negotiated and eventually regulated throughout the conversations.




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Lenz, Claudia, Moe, Vibeke Negotiations of Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Group Conversations among Jews and Muslims. The Shifting Boundaries of Prejudice: Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Contemporary Norway. Universitetsforlaget AS. 2020: 297–323.  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/10.18261/978-82-15-03468-3-2019-11