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Faith, culture and community: the educational experiences of six young Muslim women from London and New York City

Vincent, K; (2016) Faith, culture and community: the educational experiences of six young Muslim women from London and New York City. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This thesis study focuses on six young Muslim women, three living in London and three living in New York City. At the time the research was carried out, the participants were between 17 and 19 years old. They came from various ethnic and national backgrounds, though all had at least one parent who was born in a Muslim majority country who had subsequently migrated to either the US or the UK. The thesis explores how these young women experienced schooling in London and New York during the early years of the twenty-first century, in the context of increased tension and anxiety about Muslims living in the West following the 9/11 attacks. It foregrounds the voices of the young women themselves, examining their own accounts of the ways in which they negotiate issues of faith, culture and community. Drawing on postcolonial, critical and feminist approaches, the study explores the complex negotiations around selfhood and subjectivity in which the participants are involved, as young Muslim women growing up in the West. It asks how they are positioned within the education system and how they respond to this positioning, examining the strategies employed by the participants to construct coherent and meaningful identities within a potentially confusing and disturbing context. A number of themes emerged in the study about the participants’ experiences of faith, culture and community within the UK and US education systems. These include the importance of religious and spiritual practices, the desire of participants to combine affiliation with Islam with affiliation to British or American identities, and their struggle to find a sense of belonging within educational contexts that privilege particular sets of experiences and heritages.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Faith, culture and community: the educational experiences of six young Muslim women from London and New York City
Event: UCL IOE
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Muslim, women, education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1478238
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