Disclaimed or Reclaimed? Muslim Refugee Youth and Belonging in the Age of Hyperbolisation

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Journal of Intercultural Studies, ISSN: 0725-6868, Vol: 36, Issue: 5, Page: 564-578

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Cawo Abdi
Informa UK Limited
Social Sciences; Arts and Humanities
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Using data derived chiefly from the Somali community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this paper explores the challenges confronting its youth. The findings are the result of an ongoing ethnographic engagement with this community that has been conducted for over a decade. Stressing that marginalisation is due to the combined impact of race, religion and class, the article points to the factors that have led some youth in the direction of drugs and crime while others have opted for radical Islam. In the post-9/11 era of securitisation, with evidence of over-policing of the Somali community, the challenges to incorporation are intensified due to the ongoing Othering process of this refugee group.