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Political Identity' of Muslim Youth in Western Diaspora: Towards an Integrative Research Agenda
Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (2013)
  • Hamed Hosseini
Abstract
This paper outlines the general principles of a comparatively inclusive analytical framework for the investigation of political identity formation among young Muslims in Western societies. “Political identity”, in general, as a multidimensional social phenomenon with multiple social modalities, has been undertheorized in the mainstream literature. Based on a critical review of the current primary literature, the paper proposes a more broadly applicable definition of “political identity” in terms of its five interrelated components. It argues that the current and growing literature around the topic lacks a necessary comprehensive view. The poverty of current literature on “political identity” appears more conspicuous when it comes to study the youth among ethno-religious minorities in diaspora. The paper then discusses the basics of a new “integrative”, “interdisciplinary” approach to studying the “dynamics and multiplicity of identity construction” among Young Muslims in the West. A sociological account of these multiple dynamics is required to theorize their interdependence as part of its inclusive research agenda.
Keywords
  • Political Identity,
  • Ethnicity,
  • Globalization,
  • Youth,
  • Muslim,
  • Diaspora,
  • West
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Hamed Hosseini. "Political Identity' of Muslim Youth in Western Diaspora: Towards an Integrative Research Agenda" Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs Vol. 33 Iss. 4 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/h_hosseini/6/