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Theorizing “new ethnicities” in diasporic Europe: Jews, Muslims and Stuart Hall


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Stuart Hall’s concept of “new ethnicities” theorizes (post)migrant belonging by centering not on the power of othering, but rather on the agentive force of diasporic groups to contend with their essentialization and marginalization. While rooted in Black transatlantic experiences of colonialism and slavery, “new ethnicities” provides a conceptual platform from which those more broadly marginalized in the diasporic context of Europe may speak and act. In this paper, Becker argues that Hall’s theory of “new ethnicities” provides a productive lens through which to rethink the knot of religious-racialized-ethnic othering that has served to set both Muslims and Jews apart from the European mainstream. She does so by tracing the historical differentiation of Muslims and Jews, both together and apart, as well as the contemporary politics of difference enacted by Muslim and Jewish Berliners who contest essentialized understandings of their identities and marginalized sociocultural locations in Europe, today.



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Becker, Elizabeth Theorizing “new ethnicities” in diasporic Europe: Jews, Muslims and Stuart Hall. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 2024:  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/10.1080/01419870.2024.2328325