2010 NZ Diversity Research Forum: Colleen Ward on Muslim Youth


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Prof Colleen Ward of the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research presented at the 2010 NZ Forum for Diversity Research on Muslim Youth: Identity, Integration, Adaptation and Social Cohesion.

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  • 2010 NZ Diversity Research Forum: Colleen Ward on Muslim Youth

    1. 1. MUSLIM YOUTH: Identity, Integration, Adaptation and Social Cohesion Colleen Ward with Jaimee Stuart and Zeenah Adam Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research Victoria University of Wellington
    2. 2. Key Questions • Identity: How do Muslim youth see themselves? • Adaptation: How well do Muslim youth adapt socially and psychologically? What factors facilitate adaptation? • Integration and Social Cohesion: To what extent do Muslim youth experience prejudice and social exclusion? What factors promote integration and social cohesion?
    3. 3. Data Bases • Survey of 180 Muslim youth (13-19 years) – Identity, discrimination, acculturation, social connectedness, psychological and social adaptation • Young Muslim Leaders Workshop: Qaadah Muslimoona Shabaab – 36 Muslim young people (15-25 years) – Identity and success; Resources and obstacles; Personal and community goals • Building Bridges Workshop: Jusoor Tawaasui – 24 Muslim and non-Muslim girls (13-14 years) – Stereotyping, identity and social cohesion
    4. 4. Identity and Integration: Achieving Balance
    5. 5. Multiple Identities 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 Muslim Ethnic National Muslim IDENTITIES Weak Strong National Weak 0% 0 14% (21) Strong 1% (2) 85% (131)
    6. 6. Identity and Adaptation: The Road to Success
    7. 7. 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 Muslim Maori NZE Life Satisfaction Psychological Symptoms Psychological Well-being
    8. 8. 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 Muslim Maori NZE School Adjustment Behavioural Problems Social Adaptation
    9. 9. Factors related to Adaptation • Strong Muslim and ethnic identities • Engagement in Muslim practices • Less perceived discrimination • Family factors: Family cohesion and support • Friends: Social support
    10. 10. Social Cohesion: Building Bridges
    11. 11. Plans are afoot to build a massive mosque meters from Ground Zero. This tribute to Islamic terrorists…is not an issue of religious freedom, but an issues of Muslim dominance over the “dhimmis”- Christians and Jews who do not share their religion Dominion Post Weekend Letters to the Editor 21/8/10
    12. 12. There are these misconceptions about Islam at the moment. All this terrorism stuff and the conception that all Muslims from Arabic countries and they are all terrorists. I want people to know about the real Islam. Sometimes people get so hateful about religion. I understand where they are coming from because religious people can be so passionate... but when they are attacking another religion they can become so hateful.
    13. 13. •I don’t feel accepted by New Zealanders. 8% •I have been teased or insulted because of my background. 25% •I have been threatened or attacked because of my background. 5% •Others have behaved in an unfair way towards people of my background. 39% Perceived Discrimination (% of agreement)
    14. 14. We may look different but we all have the same problems and we are the same inside….
    15. 15. Policy Implications: Integration and Social Cohesion
    16. 16. Strategies • Policies and programmes that nurture and support Muslim identity, practices and community • Policies and programmes that promote appreciation of diversity • Policies and programmes that Build Bridges: Increase positive contact between Muslim and non-Muslims in New Zealand • Continued funding for research on Building an Inclusive Society
    17. 17. For further information contact: Colleen.Ward@vuw.ac.nz