“Good Muslims,” “Good Blacks”

Ousmane Oumar Kane

in The Homeland Is the Arena

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199732302
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894611 | DOI:
“Good Muslims,” “Good Blacks”

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This chapter begins by reviewing four theories drawn from the social movement literature which have been put forward to account for the response of the state to the religious demands of Muslim immigrants in the West: resource mobilization, political opportunities structures, regime ideology, and preexisting modes of state-church relations. It then argues that the most determinant factors in Senegalese integration in the United States are the favorable perception of state and dominant societal actors of the receiving society and, to a lesser extent, the model of state-church separation. The chapter summarizes the argument of this book and addresses these two factors in greater detail.

Keywords: Senegalese immigrants; social movement; Muslim immigrants; social integration

Chapter.  10908 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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