In this article, I study how young Finnish Muslims negotiate for agency amidst a multitude of governing discourses—that is, discourses that seek to regulate what is ‘proper’ Finnishness, ‘proper’ Muslimness etc. The study is based on a discourse analysis of theme interviews conducted with 14 young Muslims active in civil society organisations. The analysis demonstrates that the young Muslims are skillful in negotiating their way in the discursive field that surrounds them; by adopting certain subject positions offered to them while at the same time distancing themselves from other positions, my young interviewees create space for increased agency both for themselves and their peers.
Journal of Religion in Europe – Brill
Published: Feb 19, 2015
Keywords: Islam; government; young adults; civil society; agency
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