Producing ‘internal suspect bodies’:divisive effects of UK counter-terrorism measures on Muslim communities in Leeds and Bradford

Abbas, Madeline Sophie (2019) Producing ‘internal suspect bodies’:divisive effects of UK counter-terrorism measures on Muslim communities in Leeds and Bradford. British Journal of Sociology, 70 (1). pp. 261-282. ISSN 0007-1315

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Abstract

Research on UK government counter-terrorism measures has claimed that Muslims are treated as a ‘suspect community’. However, there is limited research exploring the divisive effects that membership of a ‘suspect community’ has on relations within Muslim communities. Drawing from interviews with British Muslims living in Leeds or Bradford, I address this gap by explicating how co-option of Muslim community members to counter extremism fractures relations within Muslim communities. I reveal how community members internalize fears of state targeting which precipitates internal disciplinary measures. I contribute the category of ‘internal suspect body’ which is materialized through two intersecting conditions within preventative counter-terrorism: the suspected extremist for Muslims to look out for and suspected informer who might report fellow Muslims. I argue that the suspect community operates through a network of relations by which terrors of counter-terrorism are reproduced within Muslim communities with divisive effects.

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Journal Article
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British Journal of Sociology
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177822
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19 Oct 2022 09:15
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Published
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