Dissenting Citizenship: South Asian Muslim Youth in the United States after 9/11

  • Sunaina Maira
Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)


Youth are the locus of deep anxieties about local, national and global politics, for as a liminal category associated with the transition from childhood to adulthood, they are assumed to embody the future and the possibility of change or continuity. The notion that youth is an inherently unstable or shifting ontology means that they are also the objects of overt nationalizing, disciplinary and repressive practices that are revealed when youth are their objects. My research builds on the framework of ‘youthscapes’ that analyses the intersections between popular culture, national ideologies and global markets and migrations (Maira and Soep, 2005). Elisabeth Soep and I developed this conceptual, epistemological and methodological framework for studying youth to integrate an analysis of expressive cultural forms produced and engaged by youth with materialist and historicist approaches, while interrogating the production of the category ‘youth’ itself. Young people are often situated at the centre of debates about national identity and globalization — and often in charged, symbolic and overdetermined ways, given the construction of youth as a ‘transitional’ category in relation to the social order and civic personhood and one on which the tension between dissent and conformity is often pinned (Maira and Soep, 2005).


National Identity Immigrant Student Immigrant Youth Political Speech Political Critique 
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