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Race, ‘Face’ and Masculinity: The Identities and Local Geographies of Muslim Boys

Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale

in Muslims in Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748625871
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625871.003.0005
Race, ‘Face’ and Masculinity: The Identities and Local Geographies of Muslim Boys

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This chapter discusses the experiences of Muslim boys by focusing upon issues such as masculinity, neighbourhood spaces, schooling and territoriality in the lives of Muslim youth. The significance of space/place to the boys' experiences and identity constructions is considered. This account underscores the difficulties inherent in attempts to challenge racisms within society. Public concerns about the rise of radicalism among young British Muslims are reported here. Muslims are increasingly subject to a forced telling of the self in UK public life. It is also shown that while there are considerable differences between the contemporary post-9/11, post-7/7 world and the post-Rushdie era of the study, there is a pertinent parallel, in that both are times in which young Muslims, but particularly young Muslim men, are being forced to situate (and explain) themselves in relation to wider, negative (demonising) discourses around ‘fundamentalist’, ‘dangerous’ Muslim masculinity.

Keywords: masculinity; neighbourhood spaces; schooling; territoriality; Muslim boys; racisms; British Muslims

Chapter.  7441 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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