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ERIC Number: EJ952895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
"Just to Make Sure People Know I Was Born Here": Muslim Women Constructing American Selves
Mir, Shabana
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v32 n4 p547-563 2011
The scene for this paper is set in the USA immediately post-9/11 when the meaning of nation shifted dramatically, in turn shaping Muslim American identity. I examine Muslim American undergraduate women's performance of immigrant, gendered, youthful, Muslim and American identities. The findings are framed within symbolic interactionist, Foucauldian and cultural production frameworks, and I use ethnographic vignettes gathered during research in Washington, DC from 2002 to 2003 to illustrate the discursive and performative construction of an imagined American community by Muslim Americans and majority Americans respectively. Muslim American youth both experience and conduct acts of "everyday nationalism" and construct Muslim American citizenship, deploying and covering racial, cultural, religious and immigrant attributes contextually. Facets of identity such as birth, transnational ties, racial and facial features, cultural practices, types and degrees of religiosity, all come into play in a battle for survival that is at once personal, political, social and symbolic. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia