Ambassadors of Faith

Ambassadors of Faith 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Religion in Europe Brill

Ambassadors of Faith

Journal of Religion in Europe, Volume 8 (1): 73 – Feb 19, 2015

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Special Issue Articles
ISSN
1874-8910
eISSN
1874-8929
D.O.I.
10.1163/18748929-00801005
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Abstract

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

Journal of Religion in EuropeBrill

Published: Feb 19, 2015

Keywords: Islam; government; young adults; civil society; agency

References

  • The Governance of Islam in Finland
  • Cultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology of Religion

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