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Making ‘Arabiya

Making ‘Arabiya

Education and Identity

Chapter:
(p.63) 3 Making ‘Arabiya
Source:
Arab New York
Author(s):
Emily Regan Wills
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479897650.003.0003

This chapter demonstrates the central role that informal educational spaces can play in identity formation and political socialization. Using the example of an adult women’s English as a Second Language program and a summer youth program, it develops the concept of ‘arabiya (Arabness), a shared, diaspora-specific identity that provides recent Arab immigrants and their children with a shared sense of community. The discourses of ‘arabiya are formed dialectically through different engagements with Americaness, as well as through the use of Muslim identities and practices.

Keywords:   Adult education, Informal education, Community organizations, Ethnic identity, Immigrant identity

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