What Is Islamophobia and How Much Is There? Theorizing and Measuring an Emerging Comparative Concept

  title={What Is Islamophobia and How Much Is There? Theorizing and Measuring an Emerging Comparative Concept},
  author={Erik Bleich},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={1581 - 1600}
  • Erik Bleich
  • Published 26 September 2011
  • Sociology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
Islamophobia is an emerging comparative concept in the social sciences. Yet there is no widely accepted definition of Islamophobia that permits systematic comparative and causal analysis. This article explores how the term Islamophobia has been deployed in public and scholarly debates, emphasizing that these discussions have taken place on multiple registers. It then draws on research on concept formation, prejudice, and analogous forms of status hierarchies to offer a usable social scientific… 

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