Faculty Book: Michelle Fine
Selcuk R. Sirin and Michelle Fine
Muslim American Youth: Understanding Hyphenated Identities through Multiple Methods
(New York University Press, 2008)
For those seeking to understand how Muslim youth and other groups of immigrant youth negotiate their identities as Americans, this book provides a much needed roadmap. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent war on terror, growing up Muslim in the U.S. has become a far more challenging task for young people. They must contend with popular cultural representations of Muslim-men-as-terrorists and Muslim-women-as-oppressed, the suspicious gaze of peers, teachers, and strangers, and police, and the fierce embodiment of fears in their homes. With great attention to quantitative and qualitative detail, the authors provide heartbreaking and funny stories of discrimination and resistance, delivering hard to ignore statistical evidence of moral exclusion for young people whose lives have been situated on the intimate fault lines of global conflict, and who carry international crises in their backpacks and in their souls. Michelle Fine is a distinguished professor of psychology, urban education, and liberal studies at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: JUL 12, 2008