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Arab New YorkPolitics and Community in the Everyday Lives of Arab Americans$
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Emily Regan Wills

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479897650

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479897650.001.0001

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Everyday Politics in Arab New York

Everyday Politics in Arab New York

What Does It Mean to Be Arab American?

(p.3) 1 Everyday Politics in Arab New York
Arab New York

Emily Regan Wills

NYU Press

This chapter argues that the best way to understand politics in Arab communities is to focus on everyday life and the ways that political engagement and speech is rooted in and supported by everyday contexts. It explores the complexities involved in naming ‘an’ Arab community, and develops the concept of an Arab community in practice as a way of naming social spaces where Arab-identified individuals come together to enact that identity. Finally, this chapter establishes the interpretive ethnographic methodology and normative commitments that drive the book as a whole.

Keywords:   Everyday politics, Arab Americans, New York City, Ethnicity and Panethnicity, Interpretive methods

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