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Masjids and Maple Leafs: The Influence of Media Culture on Muslim Young Adults’ Ethnic Identities in a Canadian Context

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Title: Masjids and Maple Leafs: The Influence of Media Culture on Muslim Young Adults’ Ethnic Identities in a Canadian Context
Author: Walji, Natasha
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Breen, Andrea V.
Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the influence of media stories on ethnic identity development in Muslim Young Adults. Twenty Muslim young adults aged 18-25 residing in Ontario participated in a qualitative interview which focused on the influence of media stories on their ethnic identity. Participant narratives were analyzed using thematic analysis (Braun & Clark, 2006). Findings suggest that master narratives about Muslims that are communicated through media stories tend to position Muslims as violent and scary. Participants described different perceptions and reactions in relation to these media stories, including prompting exploration and expression of ethnic identity, impacts on feelings of belonging and fear, the development of strategies for resistance and implications for current and possible life trajectories. Findings are discussed in relation to implications for future research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14070
Date: 2018-06


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