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Making ‘Arabiya

Making ‘Arabiya

Education and Identity

(p.63) 3 Making ‘Arabiya
Arab New York
Emily Regan Wills
NYU Press

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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