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Self-Identity and Communal Identity in Globalising Contexts: Ethnographic I...
Wed 27 April 2016, 17:30 – 19:00 BST
The presentation seeks to explore how youth negotiate the relationship between their self-identity and communal identity in globalising contexts.
The analysis will be drawn from qualitative field-studies conducted in three countries: Canada, Tajikistan & Pakistan. The data discussed here was generated through in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with young people, parents and grand-parents. From a theoretical standpoint, Dr Datoo has employed the conceptual metaphors of roots and rhizomes, filiations and affiliations, global and local to illuminate how the discourses of tradition and community are viewed, interpreted and maintained between generationally. Furthermore, the analysis will highlight some noticeable ‘ruptures’ in the sense of continuity and change in tradition, and how these inter-generational understandings in turn shape debates about changing notion of ‘community’ in globalising societies.
Dr Al-Karim Datoo has a PhD (McGill, Canada): in Cultural-Sociology of Education, and an MSc in Educational Research Methodology (University of Oxford), Graduate Program in Islamic Studies and Humanities (Institute of Ismaili Studies, London). He works as a research coordinator, in the Constituency Studies Unit, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. He is an ethnographer with special research and teaching interests in: globalisation, education and identity, globalisation and youth values and sociology of curriculum. He is a co-editor of a book titled: (delete) Globalisation, culture and education in South Asia: Critical excursions, Palgrave: USA.
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Room 2.3, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
210 Euston Road