American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Orientalism and Living Together in Postcolonial Era: Muslim Visibility in Le V if Magazine
Assist. Prof. Dr. Müşerref YARDIM

By continuing to form an “Other” in postcolonial period, Orientalism, which becomes a tool for colonialism, has been impeding the process of living together in multicultural structures. Multiculturalism, which emphasises the relationships among “Me” and “Other”, becomes one of the characteristics of European societies after colonialism and migration. In multicultural Europe, approach to “Other” and living together with “Other” sometimes get stuck. Muslims whose relationships with Europe can be traced back to old times are currently considered as a threat for European societies. The share of media in recognizing Muslims as a danger is very high. Media plays a crucial role on the formation of negative Muslim image by bringing the visibility of Muslims to its agenda. This study will attempt to analyse how Le Vif magazine questions living together by othering Muslim population living in Belgium through its covers.

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