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Europe is witnessing a new era of racial denial. After decades of anti-racialism, post-feminism and the recognition of some queer lives, the language of equality and diversity suggests that Europe has not only overcome racism but also sexism and homophobia. Racist violence in the wake of the ‘refugee crisis‘, Brexit as well as the force of the extreme Right have been blamed on ‘too much diversity’ and ‘false tolerance’ by European leaders and commentators alike. The reiteration that racialized Others are a danger to European liberal gains has become a ‘common-sense’ claim in the call for the securitization of the European borders and ‘tougher rules’ for immigrants and served as the basis for the call to end multiculturalism
Race in Post-racial Europe offers an analysis of the intersectional logics of post-racial formations in Europe. With the increasing significance of gender and sexual norms in debates around migration, post-racial formations have yet to be studied in conjunction with the liberal articulation of Europe as post-feminist and post-homophobic. Whether in the campaign for the minaret ban in Switzerland, in Dutch gay rights discourses or in the aftermath of the Cologne events, the New Right has successfully joined forced with some feminist and LGBT voices in the claim that women and queers need to be protected from migrants. In Europe, where race is deeply intertwined with notions of modernity, gender and sexuality have proven particularly relevant sites of racialisation.

Introducing What Has Been Left Behind


Part I: Above and Beyond


1 Contesting European Racial Denial

2 Theorising Europe: Race, Gender and the Making of Modernity


Part II: Ambiguous Presence


3 Racing Post-feminism

4 Desiring the Exotic: Racialized Women in Post-feminist Sexual Culture

5 Treacherous Mothers, Terrorist Daughters: Migrant Women as Threats


Part III: Liberal Resistances


6 Race in Post-homophobic Europe

7 But We Are All Different! Diversity and the Depoliticization of Anti-Racism

8 Resisting Intersectionality

From astute observations of Megan Markle and the multicultural monarchy, to the spectre of ‘monstrous’ Muslim women, Boulila brilliantly captures the political zeitgeist of the post-race moment with a rigorous and witty analysis that slices into the racism, sexism and Islamophobia that fuels the seductive common-sense political popularism sweeping Europe. A powerful and eloquent read that lifts the fog so we can see the truth!

Heidi Safia Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London; Co-editor of Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy (Palgrave McMillian)

Stefanie C. Boulila is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Gender Studies Programme, University of Göttingen

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