European Others offers an interrogation into the position of racialized communities in the European Union, arguing that
the tension between a growing nonwhite, non-Christian population and insistent essentialist definitions of Europeanness
produces new forms of identity and activism. Moving beyond disciplinary and national limits, Fatima El-Tayeb explores
structures of resistance, tracing a Europeanization from below in which migrant and minority communities challenge the
ideology of racelessness that places them firmly outside the community of citizens.
Using a notable variety of sources, from drag performances to feminist Muslim activism and Euro hip-hop, El-Tayeb draws
on the largely ignored archive of vernacular culture central to resistance by minority youths to the exclusionary
nationalism that casts them as threatening outcasts. At the same time, she reveals the continued effect of Europe’s
suppressed colonial history on the representation of Muslim minorities as the illiberal Other of progressive Europe.
Presenting a sharp analysis of the challenges facing a united Europe seen by many as a model for twenty-first-century
postnational societies, El-Tayeb combines theoretical influences from both sides of the Atlantic to lay bare how
Europeans of color are integral to the continent’s past, present, and, inevitably, its future.
European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe (Difference Incorporated)