Unpicking Horrifying Moments of Uneasy Silence: Writing Responses to Gestures of Islamophobia in the UK: A Duo-autoethnography
This duo-autoethnography explores responses to a recurring hiatus in conversations when I, a white English woman, state that I am married to a man with an Arabic name. Together, my husband and I have used practices of creative writing for therapeutic purposes to examine our personal encounters with Islamophobia in the UK. This article evidences the power of co-inquiry, demonstrates the necessity of flexible responses to written expressions of trauma; and reveals outrage and silence as distinctive ways of coping with discrimination. It shows an incongruence in the binary which presupposes white non-Muslim men to be superior in their ability to respect women and highlights the need to dismantle white supremacy in trustworthy environments to avoid unhelpful fight-or-flight responses. Personal responses have been written, acknowledging structures of wider political, social, and historical contexts shaping social conditions.
PublisherLapidus International Research and Innovation Community
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CitationWindridge-Floris, L., & Windridge-Floris, S. (2023). Unpicking horrifying moments of uneasy silence: Writing responses to gestures of Islamophobia in the UK, a duo-autoethnography. LIRIC Journal, 3(1), 10–30.
Cardiff Met Affiliation
- Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
Cardiff Met AuthorsLucy Windridge Lucy Windridge-Floris
Cardiff Met Research Centre/GroupHumanities
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