The Development of Arab-American Identity

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University of Michigan Press, 1994 - Social Science - 221 pages
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By the early twenty-first century, the United States will experience a demographic change as those groups previously thought of as minorities become the majority. Arab-Americans, a fast-growing group from Asia and northern Africa, are among those who will soon form part of this new majority. The Development of Arab-American Identity offers an account of the Arab-American experience from the early immigration to the present day.
What do Arab-Americans think of traditional American values? How do they perceive their treatment as new immigrants? Have they been seriously alienated from the dominant culture? This collection of essays answers these questions, dealing in particular with the contemporary scene. After the historical background has been set, the essays in this book deal with the struggle for religious, political, cultural, and social identity, all of which involve coping with unconscious and conscious stereotyping and marginalization of Arabs and Arab-Americans.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Early Arab Immigrant Experience
23
ArabAmericans and the Political Process
37
Dilemmas
61
The Interaction
85
In Theater of Immigrant
107
AntiArab Racism and Violence in the United States
155
Contributors
215
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