Muslim women and foreign prostitutes: victim discourse, subjectivity, and governance

Jacobsen CM, Stenvoll D: “Muslim women and foreign prostitutes: victim discourse, subjectivity, and governance”. Soc Polit. 2010;17(3):270-94

Abstract:

In this article, we juxtapose the ways “Muslim women” and “foreign prostitutes” are commonly constituted as victims in media and politics. We analyze the functions of these two prototypical female victims in terms of the role they play in epitomizing “the problems of globalization” and in reinforcing the existing social and political structures. Victim discourse, when tied to the transnational proliferation of the sex industry and of (radical) Islam, has depoliticizing effects because it places nonindividual causes of victimization outside of “our” polity and society and casts the state as protector and neutral arbiter of national and global inequalities, marginalization, and social conflict.

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