Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

6. Clashing Allegiances: The Practicality of Constructing National Identity

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Andie Alexander [+-]
University of Colorado Boulder
Andie Alexander is an M.A. student at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on identity construction, discourses on classification and boundary construction, the practicality of definition, and public/private discourses with regard to religious identification, religious freedom, and nationalism in the U.S.

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Constructing difference serves a practical role in the construction of identities. This essay explores the ways in which Islam, not only as a practice but also as an identity for Muslims, is constructed and subsequently regarded as antagonistic to a conception of an “American way of life.” In exploring how Islam is established as different and marginal in a normatively Christian America, this essay argues that these fabrications of difference are one of the ways in which the United States is attempting to construct its own national identity—one that includes certain practices while excluding others. With this approach, this essay regards “difference” not as a descriptive act but rather as a construction that is rooted in certain socio-political agendas and employed as a way to establish and maintain normative ideas of national identity in the United States.

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Alexander, Andie. 6. Clashing Allegiances: The Practicality of Constructing National Identity. Fabricating Difference. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 69-76 Jul 2017. ISBN 9781781794876. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31449. Date accessed: 23 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31449. Jul 2017

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