Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre.

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    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      émotions
      anti-Muslim racism
      attentat sur la mosquée à Quebec
      emotions
      Islamophobie
      Québec
      Quebec
      Quebec City Mosque attack
      racisme anti-musulman
    • Abstract:
      This article critically examines responses to the 2017 Quebec City Mosque massacre as expressed in a letter written to the public by the killer's parents in January 2018, and various forms of media coverage related to the letter. While the letter attempts to communicate the parents' grief and to express solidarity with Muslims affected by the attack, this article argues that Islamophobic logic is evident throughout, maintained precisely through the emotionality of the letter and media responses, and through the apparently well-intentioned gestures of empathy and solidarity they represent. This analysis draws on theoretical literature that contextualizes the roles of emotion and civility in constructing and reinforcing racialized boundaries, and in shaping the lived experiences of Muslims in Quebec and Canada. By further considering statements and responses from the Quebec Muslim community, this analysis also briefly discusses the ways in which the emotionality displayed by the victims' families and community seeks to refocus the conversation back onto the ongoing problem of anti-Muslim racism in Quebec and Canada, calling for a deeper accountability around this pervasive issue. Cet article examine de manière critique les réactions à l'attentat de 2017 contre la grande mosquée de Québec, telles qu'exprimées dans une lettre écrite au public par les parents du meurtrier en janvier 2018, ainsi que sous diverses formes de couverture médiatique liée à la lettre. Alors que la lettre tente de communiquer le chagrin des parents et d'exprimer leur solidarité avec les musulmans touchés par cet attentat, cet article affirme qu'une logique islamophobe est évidente, maintenue précisément par l'émotivité de la lettre et de la couverture médiatique, ainsi que par les gestes bien intentionnées d'empathie et de solidarité qu'ils représentent. Cette analyse s'appuie sur une littérature théorique qui contextualise les rôles de l'émotion et de la civilité dans la construction et le renforcement de frontières raciales et dans la façonnement des expériences vécues par les musulmans au Québec et au Canada. En outre, en prenant en compte les déclarations et les réponses de la communauté musulmane à Québec, cette analyse aborde également brièvement la manière dont l'émotivité manifestée par les familles et la communauté des victimes cherche à recentrer le débat sur le problème actuel du racisme antimusulman au Québec et au Canada, et à insister sur une responsabilisation plus profonde autour de cette question omniprésente. [End Page 1] [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Full Text Word Count:
      10863
    • ISSN:
      0008-3496
    • Accession Number:
      10.1353/ces.2019.0000
    • Accession Number:
      134800489
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HOWARD, P. S. S. Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre. Canadian Ethnic Studies, [s. l.], v. 51, n. 1, p. 1–24, 2019. DOI 10.1353/ces.2019.0000. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=134800489. Acesso em: 13 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Howard PSS. Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre. Canadian Ethnic Studies. 2019;51(1):1-24. doi:10.1353/ces.2019.0000.
    • AMA11:
      Howard PSS. Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre. Canadian Ethnic Studies. 2019;51(1):1-24. doi:10.1353/ces.2019.0000
    • APA:
      Howard, P. S. S. (2019). Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 51(1), 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1353/ces.2019.0000
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Howard, Philip S. S. 2019. “Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre.” Canadian Ethnic Studies 51 (1): 1–24. doi:10.1353/ces.2019.0000.
    • Harvard:
      Howard, P. S. S. (2019) ‘Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre’, Canadian Ethnic Studies, 51(1), pp. 1–24. doi: 10.1353/ces.2019.0000.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Howard, PSS 2019, ‘Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre’, Canadian Ethnic Studies, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 1–24, viewed 13 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Howard, Philip S. S. “Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre.” Canadian Ethnic Studies, vol. 51, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 1–24. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/ces.2019.0000.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Howard, Philip S. S. “Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre.” Canadian Ethnic Studies 51, no. 1 (January 2019): 1–24. doi:10.1353/ces.2019.0000.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Howard PSS. Moving Us Nowhere: The Politics of Emotion and Civility in the Wake of the Quebec City Massacre. Canadian Ethnic Studies [Internet]. 2019 Jan [cited 2020 Jul 13];51(1):1–24. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=134800489