Issue of Masculine Identities for British Muslims After 9/11: A Social Analysis

Author: Hopkins, Peter
Charts the life of young Muslim men in Scotland by exploring local issues connected with family life, residential segregation and everyday experiences; national concerns around Scottishness and Scottish politics; and responses to global events such as those of 11th September 2001.


“What happens, in theory and in practice, when debates around masculinity, religion and youth transitions disrupt the centrality of race and space in the context of politics and the formation of identity? Peter Hopkins . . . is one of very few scholars attending to this.” – Prof. Susan J. Smith, Durham University

“In this fresh and timely account of the everyday lives of young Muslim men in the context of volatile geopolitical relations and events, Peter Hopkins reveals the lives, opinions, struggles and hopes incisively and sympathetically. Arguing that local and global sources of oppression, resistance and hope can only be understood by attending to the complex intersections of race, religion, youth and gender, this book is an original and important contribution to the geographies and sociologies of identity.” – Prof. Rachel Pain, Durham University

“[This work’s] ability to locate the lives [of young Muslim men living in the West] in both the context of international events and in the specific neighborhoods and communities which they inhabit brings fresh insight to our understandings of transnationalism and locality. [The study] challenges simplistic assumptions about the relations between nation and ethnicity, identity and faith, gender and generation. It is written with exceptional clarity, moving deftly through an array of disciplines, debates and literatures. It is a significant and eloquent addition to the scholarship on youth and identity.” - Prof. Greg Noble, University of Western Sydney

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword (Professor Susan J Smith)
1. Introduction: Islam, Youth, Masculinity
2. Researching young Muslim men: methods and methodology

3. Experiences of ethnic residential clustering
4. Youthful Muslim masculinities: gender and generational relations
5. Local everyday frameworks

6. Narratives of national and religious identities
7. Engaging with the spaces of the political

8. The events and aftermath of September 11, 2001
9. Negotiating heightening signifiers and local anxieties
10. Conclusion: Islam, Youth, Masculinity