British Journal of Canadian Studies

Canadian Muslims: Political Discourses in Tension

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2007), 20, (1), 1–24.

Abstract

This article reports on certain studies conducted as part of a broader exploration of Muslim diasporic experiences of political integration and citizenship in contemporary Canada. Both within the Muslim community and between that community and other Canadians, social relations and social representations have recently been undergoing profound reconfigurations, reflective of the ebbs and flows of global forces. Through in-depth interviewing of Canadian Muslims and a discourse analysis of the transcripts of parliamentary Hansard, this article explores the dialectics of two discourses in Canada: a dominant discourse of concern regarding anti-Muslim words and actions in Canada and beyond, and a secondary anti-terrorist discourse that centrally implicates Muslims and Islam. Relations between these two discourses are explored both within the debates of the House of Commons and within the responses of the Muslim interviewees.

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Nesbitt-Larking, Paul