• “The German Refugee “Crisis” after Cologne: The Race of Refugee Rights.” English Language Notes, vol. 54, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2016, pp. 77-92.

    Author(s):
    Beverly Weber (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Gender studies, German studies, Islam, Migration
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Refugees
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M67K39
    Abstract:
    The paradox of rights and racism, whereby human rights are re-racialized even as racism is rejected, reveals the deeply gendered workings of whiteness. Whiteness works as a social structure and a set of somatic norms that allows some bodies to be more at home in the world than others, and some bodies to move in the world more easily than others. The debates about Cologne construed the safe movement of white women as threatened and failed to acknowledge the constraints on North Africans’ movement to and in Germany, while heralding forms of surveillance and policing that often target racialized others. The debates about the violence in Cologne further suggest that where we do not attend carefully to the circulation of racist structures and discourses, or the importance of human security to understandings of human rights, whiteness is easily reinscribed in projects for a more just world.
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