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Iraqi Refugees in the United StatesThe Enduring Effects of the War on Terror$
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Ken R. Crane

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479873944

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479873944.001.0001

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“Just Trust Us”

“Just Trust Us”

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Iraqi Refugees in the United States

Ken R. Crane

NYU Press

Iraqi refugees arrived in the US as a global diaspora. In the Inland Empire, they were organized along lines of kin/friend networks that mostly overlapped with preexisting religious affiliations. Mosques and churches provided a vehicle for ethnic socialization. This chapter is driven by the question of how Iraqi families would resolve the tension between parents’ reified authoritarian parenting style and youths’ American imaginary of freedom and individual expression. Iraqi youths spent a formative phase of their lives in Iraq before arriving in the US (a 1.5 generation) and possessed the frame of reference to see the contrast between the cultural norms of their Iraqi families and the more individualistic practices of their American peers. While youths sympathized with their parents’ perspective, they appealed to their parents to handle family issues within a dialog of Thiqa-trust.

Keywords:   kin networks, socialization, Iraqi diaspora, Thiqa-trust, individualism, American imaginary

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