014 Socio-Ethnic Leveraging: How Status Majorities Elevate One Minority to Downgrade Another

Tuesday, June 25, 2013: 9:00 AM-10:45 AM
5.60 (PC Hoofthuis)
This panel aims to theorize a social and political process through which members of a status majority group elevate one minority group in order to further isolate and repress another. Such processes of “socio-ethnic leveraging” have been identified in a wide variety of locations and time periods. In Europe, populist Dutch parties have publicly sympathized with gays who have been targeted by Muslims; in so doing, they tap into a broader cultural context by claiming one historically marginalized group as part of the national community while stigmatizing another. Similar processes are found in Britain and France, where Hindus and East Asians respectively are compared favorably to Muslims, and where Afro-Caribbeans have been elevated at the neighborhood level compared to South Asians. The process also operates in tandem with gender dynamics, such as when male political leaders identify Muslim women as victims of Muslim men.  This panel assembles a number of examples of this process, drawn primarily from the contemporary European context. By comparing these tcases, we hope to identify the theoretical elements underpinning this process, and to develop the concept so it can be applied to a wide range of settings.
Erik Bleich
Michèle Lamont
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David Leal, University of Texas, Austin
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Kimberly Morgan, George Washington University
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Paul Mepschen, University of Amsterdam; Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam; Markus Balkenhol, VU University Amsterdam
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