ARC Seminar: Paul Statham: Public 'Barriers' to Islam?

MAR 02, 2017 | 4:30 PM TO 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
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March 02, 2017: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM




Advanced Research Collaborative


ARC Seminar: Paul Statham: Public 'Barriers' to Islam? Examining How Political Debates and Public Opinion Shape the Inclusion of Muslims in Four European Countries

First, this presentation will briefly summarise and draw on the overall perspective, approach and findings of the applicant’s comparative European research on Islam/Muslims over the last 15 years. It will then zoom in on key findings from the specific analyses undertaken in the proposed project during the fellowship. This will be an original study of how a country’s institutional accommodation of Islam relates to: a) the way that the issue is (de)legitimated by the claims of political actors in mass mediated public debates; and b) the view on ordinary people living in that country on the issue. It examines the degree to which public debates act as a ‘barrier’ or ‘bridge’ to the socio-cultural integration of Muslims in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. The cross-national comparative data-sets are original on: a) mass mediated public debates over Islam/Muslims; b) surveys with samples of Muslims and non-Muslims in the four countries. Finally, the findings on the variations and similarities between the four European countries will be presented briefly in relation to literature on Muslims in the US. This aims to draw out discussion not only on Europe, but also on possible reasons for the variations between the US and European countries.

Paul Statham is Professor of Migration and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS).
Paul is a political sociologist and his current research focuses on: the political accommodation of Islam and Muslim minorities in their Western societies of settlement; and mobility, migration and cultural interaction between Europe and SE Asia (Thailand), with a focus on lifestyle, retirement and marriage. He has written collaborative monographs, edited volumes, more than 60 articles in refereed journals and books. His books include Contested Citizenship: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Europe (Minnesota UP 2005), The Making of a European Public Sphere (Cambridge UP 2010), and The Politicization of Europe (Routledge 2013). Paul was formerly a Professor at the University of Bristol and the University of Leeds, UK. He was a Researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Germany, and completed his doctoral research at the European University Institute (EUI) in San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy.