Unwanted: Muslim Immigrants, Dignity and Drug Dealing

Hardcover | September 17, 2014

bySandra M. Bucerius

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The immigration of Muslims to Europe and the integration of later generations presents many challenges to European societies. Unwanted builds on five years of ethnographic research with a group of fifty-five second-generation Muslim immigrant drug dealers in Frankfurt, Germany to examine therelationship between immigration, social exclusion, and the informal economy. Having spent countless hours with these young men, hanging out in the streets, in cafes or bars and at the local community center, Sandra Bucerius explores the intimate aspects of their, one of the most discriminated andexcluded populations in Germany. Bucerius looks at how the young men negotiate their participation in the drug market while still trying to adhere to their cultural and religious obligations and how they struggle to find a place within German society. The young men considered their involvement in the drug trade a response to theirexclusion at the same time that it provides a means of forging an identity and a place within German society. The insights into the lives, hopes, and dreams of these young men, who serve as an example for many Muslim and otherwise marginalized immigrant youth groups in Western countries, providesthe context necessary to understand their actions while never obscuring the many contradictory facets of their lives.

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The immigration of Muslims to Europe and the integration of later generations presents many challenges to European societies. Unwanted builds on five years of ethnographic research with a group of fifty-five second-generation Muslim immigrant drug dealers in Frankfurt, Germany to examine therelationship between immigration, social excl...

Sandra M. Bucerius is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Alberta.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 17, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199856478

ISBN - 13:9780199856473

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. "I Am a Bockenheimer": Social Exclusion and Local Identification3. "As Long as You Don't Get Carried Away": On Choosing Lifestyle and Gaining Respect4. "I'm Not a Dirty Crack Dealer": Purity and Impurity in the Drug Market5. Muslim Virgin Wanted: In Search of Reasons to Quite Dealing6. Where to Go from Here?Appendix: "Somehow you're a friend even though you're a woman" Some Thoughts on Negotiating Access and TrustReferences