By Reva Jaffe-Walter
Many liberal-minded Western democracies delight themselves on their commitments to egalitarianism, the reasonable remedy of immigrants, and the ideal to schooling. those environments would appear to supply a best-case state of affairs for the reception of immigrant adolescence. yet that isn't consistently the case. Coercive hindrance explores how stereotypes of Muslim immigrants in Western liberal societies movement via public colleges into daily interactions, informing how Muslim adolescence are perceived by means of academics and friends. past easily making a choice on the presence of racialized speech in faculties, this publication uncovers how coercive assimilation is cloaked in benevolent narratives of care and concern.
Coercive problem presents an ethnographic critique of the "concern" that animates integration coverage in Danish colleges. Reva Jaffe-Walter makes a speciality of the studies of Muslim formative years at a public university the place over forty% of the scholar physique is of immigrant descent, displaying how faculties function as websites of governance. those efforts are led by way of political leaders who advertise nationwide fears of immigrant take-over, via academics in colleges, and through daily voters who're interested in "problems" of immigration. Jaffe-Walter exposes the psychic and fabric expenditures immigrant adolescence undergo whilst residing within the shadow of social scrutiny, yet she additionally charts a course ahead through uncovering the assets those adolescence have to reach social mobility and luck.
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There are parts of Europe in which that’s not the case. And that’s probably the greatest danger that Europe faces. . It’s important for Europe not to simply respond with a hammer and law enforcement and military approaches to these problems” (Francis 2015). These discourses of national exceptionalism move attention away from the material ways Muslim communities experience racialization (Abu El-Haj 2015). Analyzing the contemporary discourses surrounding the restrictions on hijab in France reveals how the coercive assimilation of Muslims may be couched in the language of antiracism.
Even the French far-right National Front is trying to clean up its image, moving away from racist discourse while continuing to pursue increasing restrictions on immigrants and xenophobic nationalist policies. At times nations make claims about inclusiveness, projecting images of themselves as “better” with their immigrant and racial minorities populations than other countries. S. leaders point to America’s history as an immigrant nation as a reason it is more inclusive. At a White House Press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama explained, “Our biggest advantage is that our Muslim populations, they feel themselves to be Americans.
In 2003, the French parliament enacted a law that forbids the wearing of the Muslim veil or hijab in schools on the grounds that it violates the ideals of French secularism. It contended that the veil represents a conspicuous religious symbol that prevents students from learning and embracing the republican values of secularism and individualism. Proponents of the law argued that the veil attacked the dignity and equal status of women, that women are pressured by men to wear the veil, and that the veil encourages violence against women in their communities (Bowen 2007).