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Author Maira, Sunaina, 1969- author

Title The 9/11 generation : youth, rights, and solidarity in the war on terror / Sunaina Marr Maira
Published New York : New York University Press, [2016]


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Contents Introduction -- The 9/11 generation in Silicon Valley -- The new civil rights movement: cross-racial alliances and interfaith activism -- Human rights, uncivil activism, and Palestinianization -- More delicate than a flower, yet harder than a rock: human rights and humanitarianism in Af-Pak -- Coming of age under surveillance: surveillance effects and the post-9/11 culture wars -- Democracy and its others
Summary Since the attacks of 9/11, the banner of national security has led to intense monitoring of the politics of Muslim and Arab Americans. Young people from these communities have come of age in a time when the question of political engagement is both urgent and fraught. In The 9/11 Generation, Sunaina Marr Maira uses extensive ethnography to understand the meaning of political subjecthood and mobilization for Arab, South Asian, and Afghan American youth. Maira explores how young people from communities targeted in the War on Terror engage with the "political," forging coalitions based on new racial and ethnic categories, even while under constant scrutiny and surveillance, and organizing around notions of civil rights and human rights. The 9/11 Generation explores the possibilities and pitfalls of rights-based organizing at a moment when the vocabulary of rights and democracy has been used to justify imperial interventions, such as the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maira further reconsiders political solidarity in cross-racial and interfaith alliances at a time when US, nationalism is understood as not just multicultural but also post-racial. Throughout, she weaves stories of post-9/11 youth activism through key debates about neoliberal democracy, the "radicalization" of Muslim youth, gender, and humanitarianism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Youth -- Political activity -- California
Civil rights -- California
Islamophobia -- California
Muslims -- California -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Minority youth -- California -- Social conditions -- 21st century
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Social aspects
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Social aspects
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National.
Civil rights.
Minority youth -- Social conditions.
Muslims -- Social conditions.
Social aspects.
Youth -- Political activity.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781479866069