Author: Lori Peek, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
How Muslim-American identity has been shaped by 9/11 and its after-effects.
As the nation tried to absorb the shock of the 9/11 attacks, Muslim Americans were caught up in an unprecedented wave of backlash violence. Public discus-sion revealed that widespread misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Islam persisted, despite the striking diversity of the Muslim community.
Letting the voices of 140 ordinary Muslim American men and women de-scribe their experiences, Lori Peek’s path-breaking book, Behind the Backlash, presents moving accounts of prejudice and exclusion. Muslims speak of being subjected to harassment before the attacks, and recount the discrimination they encountered afterwards. Peek also explains the struggles of young Muslim adults to solidify their community and define their identity during a time of national crisis.
Behind the Backlash seeks to explain why blame and scapegoating occur after a catastrophe. Peek sets the twenty-first century experience of Muslim Americans, who were vilified and victimized, in the context of larger sociological and psychological processes. Peek’s book will be of interest to those in disaster research studies, sociology of religion, and race and ethnic relations.
Rachel A. Gordon (Department of Sociology and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago) recently published Regression Analysis for the Social Sciences (Routledge). The book is designed to provide graduate students in the social sciences with the basic skills that they need to estimate, interpret, present, and publish basic regression models using contemporary standards.
The third edition of Sociology of Childhood was recently published by William A. Corsaro (Department of Soci-ology, Indiana University). This new edition thoroughly covers children and childhood from a sociological perspective and includes up-dated coverage of peer relations, friendship, children’s peer cultures, and the so-cial problems experienced by children.
The Routledge Handbook of War and Society, edited by Steven Carlton-Ford (University of Cincinnati) and Morten G. Ender (United States Military Acad-emy at West Point) has been released. As highlighted in the previous edition of this newsletter, the book provides an introduction to current sociological and be-havioral research on the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book features contributions from leading academic sociologists, anthropologists, psy-chologists, and military researchers affiliated with Non-Governmental Organiza-tions (NGOs).