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Being Young and MuslimNew Cultural Politics in the Global South and North$
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Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369212.001.0001

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Reaching a Larger World: Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuits of Operation

Reaching a Larger World: Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuits of Operation

(p.145) 9 Reaching a Larger World: Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuits of Operation
Being Young and Muslim

Simone AbdouMaliq

Oxford University Press

This chapter concerns specific practices of urban youth culture undertaken by youth who are Muslim to construct a particular horizon of youth—a temporal framework that resituates the position of being youth away from the cultural conventions of development. In other words, a means of envisioning a future that enables youth to become something other than youth, but without relying upon the customary means for resolving this transformation, particularly as the transformation into adulthood is something increasingly problematic. The chapter quickly passes through a few different settings, Cameroon, Bangkok, and Marseilles, in the urban South. This tour is undertaken more for its allegorical possibilities than for any pretense of critical comparison, because cities—with their disparate histories, positions, economies, and styles—are comparable only in broad strokes. Similarly, the designation Muslim youth is hardly a coherent category. Accordingly, the divergent sites and popular quarters are assembled here as a means of pointing to realms of possibilities and constraints, perhaps not capable of generalization across settings, but indicative of both fading and emerging parameters of action.

Keywords:   urban youth culture, Cameroon, Bangkok, Marseilles, popular quarters, development, transformation into adulthood

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