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Understanding Prejudice: Stigma, Self-Esteem and the Dynamics of Antisemitism & Islamophobia

Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

Event Information

21st March, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birkbeck, University of London
Maryyum Mehmood, Kings College London

This talk explores the consequences of prejudice against German Jews in the Weimar Republic, and British Muslims in contemporary, post-9/11 England. It focuses on the responses of targets of antisemitic and Islamophobic prejudices, and the social and political dynamics underpinning them. The talk will emphasise the importance of researching the understudied subject of mechanisms connecting stressors of prejudice, collective self-esteem and coping with Islamophobia and antisemitism in particular. Through an exploration of the lived experiences of targets of antisemitic and Islamophobic prejudices, as well as their responses, ranging from assimilation to withdrawal from society, this talk puts forward the ‘third way’ response of accommodation, which entails balancing all aspects of one’s identity. 

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