The Role of Digital Media in the Lives of Some American Muslim Children, 2010–2019

Authored by: Nahid Afrose Kabir

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351004107-54

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Abstract

Muslims form about 1% of the total American population. Many are first-generation immigrants who identify with a national and/or ethnic diaspora and whose parents generally want their children to retain community traditions such as collectivist family values and an ethnic or Islamic identity. Based upon a series of in-depth interviews with participants aged 15 to 18, this chapter discusses the challenges faced by some Muslim American children, such as cultural dilemmas and Islamophobia. It suggests that digital media helps Muslim children in their identity formation, identity negotiation, and their communication skills, while keeping them connected globally.

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