Chapter 3. The White Fear Factor

  1. Elleke Boehmer Professor2 and
  2. Stephen Morton Senior Lecturer3
  1. Vron Ware Research Fellow

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch3

Terror and the Postcolonial

Terror and the Postcolonial

How to Cite

Ware, V. (2009) The White Fear Factor, in Terror and the Postcolonial (eds E. Boehmer and S. Morton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Oxford, UK

  2. 3

    University of Southampton, UK

Author Information

  1. Open University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191548

Online ISBN: 9781444310085



  • The White fear factor;
  • linking postcolonial legacy to amorphous concept of terror;
  • anthrax culture - epoch where we live than the substance of the fear itself;
  • patterns of racism in the UK;
  • United States, months after September 11 attacks - baffling succession of color-coded alerts;
  • fears becoming political - emanating from society or consequences for society;
  • border politics - British people supporting BNP policies on immigration;
  • connection between political discourse on asylum and issues of security;
  • colonial paranoia;
  • recognizing role of White fear - as a factor in political tasks


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Anthrax Culture

  • Border Politics

  • Colonial Paranoia

  • References