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Sherene Razack, Nothing Has To Make Sense: Upholding White Supremacy Through Anti-Muslim Racism

Sherene Razack, Nothing Has To Make Sense: Upholding White Supremacy Through Anti-Muslim Racism BOOK REVIEW Sherene Razack, Nothing Has To Make Sense: Upholding White Supremacy Through Anti-Muslim Racism (London: University of Minnesota Press). ISBN: 978-1-5179-1234-5, pp.276, $28 USD, (Paperback). Muslim Subjects in the Racialised Context of the Settler State Faced with a sight we cannot bear, we project hostility onto the unsightly, performing our own aggression through the law (Razack 2022, 105) Growing up in Western Sydney, Australia, as a young Arab Muslim woman placed an added locus of difference to my racialised experience of living in settler Australia. The area I reside in, on Dharug land, is a low socio-economic and overpoliced neighbourhood with one of New South Wale’s biggest Indigenous populations. I felt a comfort in my neighbour- hood, I never felt that my personhood was challenged locally. In 2018 I drove past the pictured graffitied billboard while I was working in refugee youth transition (Fig.1). I felt uneasy and my comfort with my local area began shifting. It was difficult to work that day, greeting the face of my young refugee clients, and reassure them of their place in Australia when my own felt challenged. I remember being unable to stop to capture the billboard but did so on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Somatechnics Edinburgh University Press

Sherene Razack, Nothing Has To Make Sense: Upholding White Supremacy Through Anti-Muslim Racism

Somatechnics , Volume 13 (2): 5 – Aug 1, 2023

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Edinburgh University Press
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2044-0138
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2044-0146
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10.3366/soma.2023.0405
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BOOK REVIEW Sherene Razack, Nothing Has To Make Sense: Upholding White Supremacy Through Anti-Muslim Racism (London: University of Minnesota Press). ISBN: 978-1-5179-1234-5, pp.276, $28 USD, (Paperback). Muslim Subjects in the Racialised Context of the Settler State Faced with a sight we cannot bear, we project hostility onto the unsightly, performing our own aggression through the law (Razack 2022, 105) Growing up in Western Sydney, Australia, as a young Arab Muslim woman placed an added locus of difference to my racialised experience of living in settler Australia. The area I reside in, on Dharug land, is a low socio-economic and overpoliced neighbourhood with one of New South Wale’s biggest Indigenous populations. I felt a comfort in my neighbour- hood, I never felt that my personhood was challenged locally. In 2018 I drove past the pictured graffitied billboard while I was working in refugee youth transition (Fig.1). I felt uneasy and my comfort with my local area began shifting. It was difficult to work that day, greeting the face of my young refugee clients, and reassure them of their place in Australia when my own felt challenged. I remember being unable to stop to capture the billboard but did so on

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Published: Aug 1, 2023

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