Contemplating a Second-Generation Arab Canadian Diasporic Consciousness

Wisam K Abdul Jabbar
2016
Arab immigrants have received relatively less academic attention than other minority groups in Canada. Most research on Arab learners in Canada examines their language difficulties as ESL learners. This study contributes to a better understanding of the cross-cultural and educational experiences of Arab youth in diaspora. From a theoretical perspective, it draws substantially on Du Bois's notion of double consciousness, which addresses people who experience a sense of 'twoness' as they are
more » ... s' as they are trapped between two worlds. This study not only acknowledges the wealth of Du Bois's and Gilroy's models, but also attempts to expand those models to wider, more encompassing, and multi-ethnic articulations of Black Atlantic geopolitics. This study examines ways in which Arab-Canadian second-generation high school students respond to Arab Anglophone immigrant literature. It introduces and discusses the works of some Arab Anglophone writers, and shows how the students' responses underpin their sense of identity, particularly of being Canadian. In doing so, this study explores how ethnicity and culture inform responses to literary texts, and demonstrates how ethnicity and religion define second-generation
doi:10.7939/r3vm4354r fatcat:wyc6qcjefzg4xeyng5widnrtmu