The immigration of Muslims to Europe and the integration of later generations presents many challenges to European societies. Unwanted builds on five years of ethnographic research with a group of fifty-five second-generation Muslim immigrant drug dealers in Frankfurt, Germany to examine the relationship between immigration, social exclusion, and the informal economy. Having spent countless hours with these young men, hanging out in the streets, in cafes or bars and at the local community center, Sandra Bucerius explores the intimate aspects of one of the most discriminated and excluded populations in Germany. Bucerius looks at how the young men negotiate their participation in the drug market while still trying to adhere to their cultural and religious obligations and how they struggle to find a place within German society. The young men considered their involvement in the drug trade a response to their exclusion at the same time that it provides a means of forging an identity and a place within German society. The insights into the lives, hopes, and dreams of these young men, who serve as an example for many Muslim and otherwise marginalized immigrant youth groups in Western countries, provides the context necessary to understand their actions while never obscuring the many contradictory facets of their lives.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Series:||Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Sandra M. Bucerius is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Alberta.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. The work Bucerius did for it (5 years of in-depth participant observation and interviews) is simply amazing, and the rewards for this work are evident throughout the chapters. While there have been a lot of American studies of racialized and marginalized youth, Bucerius offers a new and clearly important case: Muslim 'immigrants' (who are most often born in Germany, but nevertheless denied citizenship) in Germany. Bucerius engages in fascinating explorations of how these young men negotiate their identities in exclusionary contexts, from the micro-level (their intimate relationships and their struggles to reconcile religious ethics and drug-dealing) to the level of their neighbourhood (their identification with the Bockenheim area of Frankfurt), to their relationship with German society more generally. I can’t recommend this book enough for the value it adds to the literatures on exclusion, crime, and youth – value that is only amplified by the new comparative dimensions that it opens in relation to other classics from the American tradition (Venkatesh, Rios, Bourgois, Anderson), with which it will surely (and rightfully) share shelf space in the years to come.