Muslim community organizations - sites of active citizenship or self-segregation?

Autor(en): Peucker, Mario
Ceylan, Rauf 
Stichwörter: citizenship; Community organizations; ENGAGEMENT; Ethnic Studies; GENERATION; IMMIGRANTS; mosques; Muslims; participation; PEOPLE; POLITICAL-PARTICIPATION; RELIGION; social capital; Sociology; US
Erscheinungsdatum: 2017
Herausgeber: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Journal: ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES
Volumen: 40
Ausgabe: 14
Startseite: 2405
Seitenende: 2425
Zusammenfassung: 
Ethno-religious community organizations in Western countries have often been described as being disconnected from mainstream society, and Muslim community groups have been a special focus of such critique. This article offers a counter-narrative to these widespread allegations. It draws on a synthesis of emerging research on the citizenship-enhancing effects of mosque involvement and on an explorative study involving thirty in-depth interviews with civically active Muslims in Australia and Germany. The article examines the potential of Muslim community organizations to mobilize their member into performing their citizenship through civic and political participation. It offers empirical evidence that many Muslim community organizations, rather than promoting social segregation, act as accessible entry point for Muslims' civic participation, facilitate cross-community engagement and provide gateways to political involvement. These civic potentials of Muslim community organization have remained underestimated in the public and political discourse on cohesive societies and healthy democracies.
ISSN: 01419870
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1247975

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