The Making of “Good Citizens”: First-Generation Muslim Immigrants’ Narratives on Race, Gender, and Identity in Higher Education

By Shiva Sadeghi.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper reports on a qualitative study that examined the lived experiences of a selected group of Muslim Iranian immigrants in Canadian institutions of higher education. Guided by the theoretical underpinnings of phenomenology and critical ethnography and through a series of open-ended, in-depth interviews, the findings of the study show that the participants’ lifeworlds were strongly connected to their perceived social status in their host country. The study suggests that the voices of these men and women were linked to the issues of literacy, belonging, and citizenship. Highlighting the significance of individual narratives and lived experiences of first-generation immigrant men and women, this study may contribute to broadening our understandings of diverse issues faced by Muslim immigrants in institutions of higher education and their communities across the globe.

Keywords: Muslim Immigrants, Citizenship, Race and Identity, Multiculturalism

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.103-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 569.183KB).

Dr. Shiva Sadeghi

Postdoctoral Fellow/Associate Faculty, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I completed my doctoral studies at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) with an emphasis on Multicultural Education. I have been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research council of Canada (SSHRC) which I am holding at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto. My research interests include multicultural and citizenship education, multiliteracies, and intercultural communication. I have taught a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate courses in education at McGill University, University of Ottawa, and more recently, as an Associate Faculty member at OISE/UT.

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