Discriminatory Policies & Practices Intersectionality : The Promise & the Challenge

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Clark, Sevda. (2013). Discriminatory Policies & Practices Intersectionality : The Promise & the Challenge. QScience Proceedings. 2013(Family, Migration & Dignity Special Issue), pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.5339/qproc.2013.fmd.8
AuthorsClark, Sevda
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On one of my trips abroad I found myself in transit at Amsterdam airport. It is not an enjoyable experience (to say the least) on the best of flights, but this one experience will be one I continue to remember with a mixed sense of pain and disillusionment. Airport security controls are not something unfamiliar to me, and again, I braced myself as I carefully unpacked the dubious objects from my handbag—a clear plastic bag containing my lip gloss, perfume and anti-bacterial lotion among other indispensable items, as well as my laptop. I don’t remember ‘beeping’ as I walked through the security gate. Yet, I was hailed to step aside by a female customs officer who had been deemed as appropriate to physically examine my body—rub it from head to toe to ensure that I had not carefully strapped any explosive devices to my admittedly fitted clothing. She looked noticeably indignant, and she made no attempt to hide her scorn. I breathed deeply and walked into the curtained area where I was to be further examined. I had the sense that I was in for something different this time. The whole time, the power dynamics that were at play were so thick that they almost took on a presence of their own.

Keywordsairport security; discriminatory practices; critical race theory; intersectionality; anti-discrimination law; lived experience
Year01 Jan 2013
JournalQScience Proceedings
Journal citation2013 (Family, Migration & Dignity Special Issue), pp. 1-10
PublisherBloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals
ISSN2226-9649
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5339/qproc.2013.fmd.8
Web address (URL)https://www.qscience.com/content/papers/10.5339/qproc.2013.fmd.8
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