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Muslim young people online: “Acts of citizenship” in socially networked spaces

Johns, Amelia 2014, Muslim young people online: “Acts of citizenship” in socially networked spaces, Social inclusion, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 71-82.

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Title Muslim young people online: “Acts of citizenship” in socially networked spaces
Author(s) Johns, Amelia
Journal name Social inclusion
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 71
End page 82
Total pages 12
Publisher Cogitatio Press
Place of publication Lisbon, Portugal
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 2183-2803
Keyword(s) citizenship
civic engagement
Muslim young people
participatory practice
social media
Summary This paper reviews the current literature regarding Muslim young people’s online social networking and participatory practices with the aim of examining whether these practices open up new spaces of civic engagement and political par-ticipation. The paper focuses on the experiences of young Muslims living in western societies, where, since September 11, the ability to assert claims as citizens in the public arena has diminished. The paper draws upon Isin & Nielsen’s (2008) “acts of citizenship” to define the online practices of many Muslim youth, for whom the internet provides a space where new performances of citizenship are enacted outside of formal citizenship rights and spaces of participa-tion. These “acts" are evaluated in light of theories which articulate the changing nature of publics and the public sphere in a digital era. The paper will use this conceptual framework in conjunction with the literature review to ex-plore whether virtual, online spaces offer young Muslims an opportunity to create a more inclusive discursive space to interact with co-citizens, engage with social and political issues and assert their citizen rights than is otherwise afforded by formal political structures; a need highlighted by policies which target minority Muslim young people for greater civ-ic participation but which do not reflect the interests and values of Muslim young people.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
Copyright notice ©2014, Cogitatio Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065606

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