South Asian American Stories of Self: The Dis/United States of Muslim Womanhood (Muslims in Global Societies #10) (Hardcover)

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South Asian American Stories of Self: The Dis/United States of Muslim Womanhood (Muslims in Global Societies #10) (Hardcover)

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This book acknowledges and discusses the now politically infamous aspects of an American Muslim woman's life such as Islamophobia and hijab, but it more importantly examines how women actually deal with these obstacles, intentionally shifting the lens to capture a more holistic, nuanced understanding of their human experiences. This text is based on a three-year-long qualitative interdisciplinary cultural and developmental psychology and gender systems study. It uniquely organizes risks, protective factors, and coping mechanisms according to developmental life stages, from teenage to adulthood. Results show how second-generation Muslim American women's identities develop during adolescence (11-18), emerging adulthood (19-29), and adulthood (30-39) within multiple socio-cultural contexts.

Discussions regarding Muslim Americans often erroneously equate "Muslim" with "Arab" or "Middle Eastern." By focusing on South Asian Muslim Americans, this work bluntly discusses the overlaps of South Asian culture with Islam, an important contribution to the field since the majority of immigrant Muslims in America are of South Asian descent. This study adds nuance and detail to American Muslim girls' and women's experiences while fighting misinformation and stereotypes. It is a significant contribution to anthropological developmental psychology and cultural psychology. The focus on a historically academically marginalized population is beneficial to students, researchers, and professionals in the field.

Tasneem Mandviwala is a cultural psychologist and intersectional feminist focusing on the identity development and experiential knowledges of historically marginalized communities in the contemporary US. She is currently a researcher at the University of Chicago and has published in Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Current Opinion in Psychology, Psychology and Society and Faithfully Feminist. She holds a PhD in comparative human development (University of Chicago) and an MA in English literature (University of Houston).
Product Details ISBN: 9783031158346
ISBN-10: 3031158342
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: October 6th, 2022
Pages: 184
Language: English
Series: Muslims in Global Societies