The missing politics of muscular liberalism

Dobbernack, Jan (2018) The missing politics of muscular liberalism. Identities, 25 (4). pp. 377-396. ISSN 1070-289X

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The article examines the idea of muscular liberalism, first invoked by David Cameron as a paradigm of assertive policy-making in opposition to “state multiculturalism”. The rhetoric of muscular liberalism is present across Western Europe, but its political effects have not been convincingly explored. In scholarship on ethnic minority integration, a “stimulus-response model” credits Muslim intransigence as the trigger for the muscular stance. Other commentators put muscular liberalism into a genealogical perspective, but do little to consider the circumstances of its political deployment. Working towards an alternative account, the article examines two instances of muscular liberalism in Britain: the campaign against “Sharia Courts” and the “Trojan Horse” affair. Different from the concern with historical continuity or stable potentials of liberal normativity, it draws attention to political operations and strategic calculations that characterize the deployment of muscular liberalism in British politics.

Keywords:political liberalism, Sharia courts, Trojan Horse affair, British Muslim politics, liberal genealogy, political realism
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:23 Sep 2016 19:21

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