The Formation of Arab-American Identity in a Public School in Post-9/11 America: The Case of Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan

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The Formation of Arab-American Identity in a Public School in Post-9/11 America: The Case of Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: The Formation of Arab-American Identity in a Public School in Post-9/11 America: The Case of Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan
Author: Swarts, Kristine
Issue Date: 2017-08-27
Keywords: Arab-American, High School, Identity, Identity Formation
Abstract: In present-day America, the issue of whether or not Arab immigrants and communities will assimilate into mainstream American culture is at the forefront of political discussions and media presentations. By using the school setting of Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan—where the student population consists of 95% Arabs of American descent (ArDs) and 90% Muslims—to analyze identity formation in terms of Americanism, ethnicity/race, gender, and religion, the answer to this encompassing question begins to be understood. Using interviews and participant observation, this study analyzes the complexity of an Arab-American identity within a post-9/11 America, drawing attention to the intricacies of how ArDs identify specific attributes, actions, and values and how the school communities shapes these in this post-9/11 era. From this information, I analyzed how Fordson acts both actively and passively to influence the identities of its students and staff.
Supervisor: Welmoet, Boender
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Middenoostenstudies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: MA
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52293
 

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