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The 9/11 GenerationYouth, Rights, and Solidarity in the War on Terror$
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Sunaina Marr Maira

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479817696

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479817696.001.0001

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The 9/11 Generation in Silicon Valley

The 9/11 Generation in Silicon Valley

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The 9/11 Generation

Sunaina Marr Maira

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the impact of 9/11 on South Asian, Arab, and Afghan American youth and the turn to the so-called “new Islam” and prioritization of a “Muslim first” identity as the basis for their affiliation as well as mobilization. It examines the notion of 9/11 as a crucible for politicization, reflecting on the narrative of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area as a liberal, multicultural “oasis” buffered from Islamophobic backlash as well as the contradictions this exceptionalist image generates for youth. The political subjecthood of the 9/11 generation has been deeply shaped by the binary of the good/moderate vs bad/radical Muslim, as explained in this chapter, which has infused the post-9/11 culture wars.

Keywords:   Silicon Valley, multiculturalism, politicization, New Islam, good vs bad Muslim

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