In this article, Thea Renda Abu El-Haj draws on qualitative research conducted with Palestinian American high school students to explore school as a key site for nation building. By focusing on their teachers' talk and practice, she examines how U.S. nationalism and national identities are produced through everyday racialized and gendered discourses and practices inside one school. She argues that this nation building is deeply entwined with the cultural logic that undergirds U.S. imperial ambitions in relation to the current "war on terror" and explores how productions of everyday nationalism and national belonging define an "American" identity in opposition to cultural and political traits and values assumed to characterize Islam. Ultimately, Abu El-Haj demonstrates how complex discourses about the United States engender a view of education as alternately a liberating and disciplining force for Arab American youth. She concludes with implications for educating teachers "to better address the complexities of teaching in contemporary contexts of global migration,transnationalism, and the war on terror."
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Research Article| June 23 2010
"The Beauty of America": Nationalism, Education, and the War on Terror
Harvard Educational Review (2010) 80 (2): 242–275.
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Thea Renda Abu El-Haj; "The Beauty of America": Nationalism, Education, and the War on Terror. Harvard Educational Review 1 July 2010; 80 (2): 242–275. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.80.2.hw3483147u83684h
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