Uninformed and reactionary responses in the years following the events of 9/11 and the ongoing 'War on Terror' have greatly affected ideas of citizenship and national belonging. In Securitized Citizens, Baljit Nagra, develops a new critical analysis of the ideas dominant groups and institutions try to impose on young Canadian Muslims and how in turn they contest and reconceptualize these ideas. Nagra conducted fifty in-depth interviews with young Muslim adults in Vancouver and Toronto and her analysis reveals how this group experienced national belonging and exclusion in light of the Muslim 'other', how they reconsidered their cultural and religious identity, and what their experiences tell us about contemporary Canadian citizenship. The rich and lively interviews in Securitized Citizens successfully capture the experiences and feelings of well-educated, second-generation, and young Canadian Muslims. Nagra acutely explores how racial discourses in a post-9/11 world have affected questions of race relations, religious identity, nationalism, white privilege, and multiculturalism.
Baljit Nagra is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.
1. Introduction 2. The Loss of National Belonging: Experiences of young Canadian Muslims post 9/11 3. States of Exception: Canadian Young Muslims' Experiences of Security and Surveillance 4. 'Our faith was also hijacked by those people': Reclaiming Muslim Identity in a Post 9/11 era 5. Choosing Religion over Culture: How Canadian Muslims make sense of their Cultural Affiliations in the Post 911 era 6. 'I am Canadian': Reshaping Canadian Identity in the Post 9/11 era 7. Conclusion Appendix: Description of the Interviewees Tables 1.1 Age Distribution of Interviewees 1.2 Number of years living in Canada for the 30 Interviewees not born in Canada 1.3 Education Status of Interviewees 1.4 National Origin Distribution of Interviewees References End Notes