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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55758
Doc. No:TL25712
Call number:‭1478861‬
Main Entry:Rachel S. Yezbick
Title & Author:The costs of full citizenship: Navigating sites of contradiction in Arab Detroit post 9/11Rachel S. Yezbick
College:Michigan State University
Date:2009
Degree:M.A.
student score:2009
Page No:177
Abstract:Since the events of September 11, Arab Detroit (AD) has figured prominently in the U.S. government's war against terrorism. AD spokespersons have attempted to mediate the government presence in order to protect AD residents' from acts of government brutality. Eight years post the events of 9/11, Arab Detroit's relationship with the government intimately shapes how spokespersons lobby for their rights as Arab American citizens; a project of representation I refer to as the full citizenship project . In order to obtain 'full citizenship rights,' spokespersons encourage AD residents to become active members in all aspects of society, including service in the very federal agencies that monitor AD. This project has come with numerous costs for AD. Defined against an unquestioned hegemonic backdrop of American citizenship, this project reinforces rigid canons of minority inclusion in the U.S. In spokespersons' efforts to combat dangerous misconceptions about Arab Americans, they fashion the discourse pertaining to Arab American rights around what the ethnic group is often excluded for: perceived moral difference. By examining how spokespersons' narratives speak to a larger constructed consciousness of American citizenship, I analyze how spokespersons account for the contradictions embedded in the project of full citizenship. Here, I pinpoint what is at the heart of this project: disciplinary acts of inclusion that shape the intimate sensibilities of Arab Detroiters by empowering them to take charge of their identities in acts of self-determination.
Subject:Social sciences; Michigan; Cultural anthropology; Ethnic studies; 0631:Ethnic studies; 0326:Cultural anthropology
Added Entry:B. Drexler
Added Entry:Michigan State University