Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism

Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism

Arab American National Museum

$ 30.00


Arab Americans are one of the most misunderstood segments of the U.S. population, especially after the events of 9/11. In Arab America, Nadine Naber tells the stories of second generation Arab American young adults living in the San Francisco Bay Area, most of whom are political activists engaged in two culturalist movements that draw on the conditions of diaspora, a Muslim global justice and a Leftist Arab movement.
 
Writing from a transnational feminist perspective, Naber reveals the complex and at times contradictory cultural and political processes through which Arabness is forged in the contemporary United States, and explores the apparently intra-communal cultural concepts of religion, family, gender, and sexuality as the battleground on which Arab American young adults and the looming world of America all wrangle. As this struggle continues, these young adults reject Orientalist thought, producing counter-narratives that open up new possibilities for transcending the limitations of Orientalist, imperialist, and conventional nationalist articulations of self, possibilities that ground concepts of religion, family, gender, and sexuality in some of the most urgent issues of our times: immigration politics, racial justice struggles, and U.S. militarism and war.

 

320 pages

10 halftones

August, 2012

ISBN: 9780814758861

About the Author:
Nadine Naber is Associate Professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is co-editor of Race and Arab Americans (2007) and Arab and Arab American Feminisms (2011)

 


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