Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783600076 Published June 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781783600083 Published June 2014 For sale in North and South America only

Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia

Sindre Bangstad

Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia

Sindre Bangstad

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304 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783600076 Published June 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781783600083 Published June 2014 For sale in North and South America only
In late July 2011, Norway was struck by the worst terror attacks in its history. In a fertilizer-bomb attack on Government Headquarters in Oslo and a one-hour-long shooting spree at the Labour Party Youth Camp at Utøya, seventy-seven people, mostly teenagers, were killed by Anders Behring Breivik. By targeting young future social democratic leaders, his actions were meant to lead to the downfall of Europe’s purportedly multiculturalist elites, thus removing an obstacle to his plans for an ethnic cleansing of Muslims from Europe.

In Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia, leading Norwegian social anthropologist Sindre Bangstad reveals how Breivik's beliefs were not simply the result of a deranged mind, but rather they are the result of the political mainstreaming of pernicious racist and Islamophobic discourses. These ideas, currently gaining common currency, threaten equal rights to dignity, citizenship and democratic participation for minorities throughout contemporary Europe.

An authoritative account of the Norwegian terror attacks and the neo-racist discourse that motivated them.
Contents
Preface
1. Human Terror
2. Muslims in Norway
3. The Fear of Small Numbers: On Reading a Terrorist Tract
4. Convergences
5. Dusklands: The Eurabia Genre
6. The Weight of Words
Review Quotes
American Ethnologist
“In his compelling analysis of far-right political formations in Norway, social anthropologist Sindre Bangstad builds a strong case for the need to better understand how the mainstreaming of Islamophobic discourses across Europe creates grounds for the naturalization of violence. . . . Bangstad has produced a highly effective call for increased introspection on the part of Norwegians about how they represent their Muslim minorities, which also holds great resonance for those in other countries with growing Muslim minorities across Europe and North America.”
 
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