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Ziadah, Rafeef (2017) 'Disciplining dissent: multicultural policy and the silencing of Arab-Canadians.' Race and Class, 58 (4). pp. 7-22.

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This article examines two cases of state funding cuts to the most prominent and active Arab community organisations operating in Canada, the Canadian Arab Federation and Palestine House. It contextualises the cuts within broader ‘crisis of multiculturalism’ debates imbued with anti-Arab/anti-Muslim racism and the silencing of Palestine advocacy efforts; arguing that the shift to a neoliberal multiculturalism, emptied of anti-racist politics, along with the construction of national identities around a set of western ‘core values’ has advanced a marginalising politics that demarcates a ‘civilisational’ border which excludes Arabs, Muslims, and by extension Palestine solidarity. Curtailing freedom of expression, partly through funding cuts, thus becomes a key mechanism for disciplining dissent in racialised communities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: anti-Arab racism, Arab-Canadians, Canadian Arab Federation, ‘core values’, Israel, official multiculturalism, Palestine House, solidarity, terrorism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 03063968
Copyright Statement: © 2017 Institute of Race Relations. This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by SAGE in Race & Class, available online:
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Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 18:37

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