Imagining “Back Home” in an Era of Homeland (In)security: Palestinian American Youth, Education and the “War on Terror”

Presentation by Thea Abu El-Haj (Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University)

Friday, January 27, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Moore Hall 3340 (The Reading Room), UCLA

Anchored by an ethnographic account of how Palestinian American youth experience and navigate the politics of citizenship and belonging in their everyday lives in school, this talk explores broader questions about education, nationalism and citizenship in relation to both transnational communities and the United States’s “war on terror.” The ethnographic account shows how Palestinian American youth lay claim to transnational forms of citizenship that help them to mobilize economic, political and social rights across international borders, even as they encounter a complex and nuanced set of ideologies and practices that position them outside the boundaries of U.S. national belonging.

Sponsor(s): Center for the Study of International Migration

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