Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire after 9/11

Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire after 9/11

by Sunaina Marr Maira
     
 

In Missing, Sunaina Marr Maria explores how young South Asian Muslim immigrants living in the United States experienced and understood national belonging (or exclusion) at a particular moment in the history of U.S. imperialism: the years immediately following September 11, 2001. Drawing on ethnographic research in a New England high school, Maira investigates

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In Missing, Sunaina Marr Maria explores how young South Asian Muslim immigrants living in the United States experienced and understood national belonging (or exclusion) at a particular moment in the history of U.S. imperialism: the years immediately following September 11, 2001. Drawing on ethnographic research in a New England high school, Maira investigates the cultural dimensions of citizenship for South Asian Muslim students and their relationship to the state in the everyday contexts of education, labor, leisure, dissent, betrayal, and loss. The narratives of the mostly working-class youth she focuses on demonstrate how cultural citizenship is produced in school, at home, at work, and in popular culture. Maira examines how they made sense of the political and historical forces shaping their lives and developed their own forms of political critique and modes of dissent, which she links both to their experiences following September 11, 2001, and to a longer history of regimes of surveillance and repression in the United States. She teases out the ways that imperial power affects the daily lives of young immigrants in the United States, and she sheds new light on larger questions about civil rights, globalization, and U.S. foreign policy. Missing suggests that a particular subjectivity, the "imperial feeling" of the present historical moment, is linked not just to issues of war and terrorism but also to migration and work, popular culture and global media, family and belonging.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822344094
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction South Asian Muslim Youth in the United States after 9/11 1

1 Imperial Feelings: U.S. Empire and the War on Terror 37

2 Cultural Citizenship 76

3 Transnational Citizenship: Flexibility and Control 95

4 Economies of Citizenship: Work, Play, and Polyculturalism 128

5 Dissenting Citizenship: Orientalisms, Feminisms, and Dissenting Feelings 190

6 Missing: Fear, Complicity, and Solidarity 258

Appendix A Note on Methods 291

Notes 293

Bibliography 305

Index 329

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