Comments on Katrine Fangen's "Breaking Up the Different Constituting Parts of Ethnicity: The Case of Young Somalis in Norway" (Acta Sociologica, December 2007. pp. 401-414).
January 3, 2007
article examines five case studies of Somalis living in Norway:
Norwegian-Muslims who are Norwegian-Somalis. None of the five Somalis see
Norwegian identity as desirable, except in so far as it grants them
opportunities and welfare. None of Somalis respect Norwegian culture. None
of the Somalis feel "stigmatized" by Norwegians because of their skin
color, religion or race: By contrast, each of the five Somalis appear to
have deep and sometimes aggressive racial, religious and cultural
prejudices against Norwegian-Christian
(5) Asha, planning to enter law school (through Affirmative Action) sees herself as 100% Somali and notes that Somalis will be 100% Somali even after 100 years. Indeed, she plans to raise her future children as 100% Somalis.
Notably, the author omits a case study of hardline Somali racial supremacists, who live self-segregated, welfare-sustained lives in Norway away from the Norwegians they hate, although she admits they exist in large numbers, especially in Oslo.
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