By Reva Jaffe-Walter
Many liberal-minded Western democracies delight themselves on their commitments to egalitarianism, the reasonable remedy of immigrants, and definitely the right to schooling. those environments would appear to supply a best-case situation for the reception of immigrant early life. yet that's not continuously the case. Coercive quandary explores how stereotypes of Muslim immigrants in Western liberal societies stream via public faculties into daily interactions, informing how Muslim formative years are perceived through academics and friends. past easily determining the presence of racialized speech in faculties, this booklet uncovers how coercive assimilation is cloaked in benevolent narratives of care and concern.
Coercive predicament offers an ethnographic critique of the "concern" that animates integration coverage in Danish colleges. Reva Jaffe-Walter specializes in the studies of Muslim adolescence at a public institution the place over forty% of the scholar physique is of immigrant descent, exhibiting how faculties function as websites of governance. those efforts are led by means of political leaders who advertise nationwide fears of immigrant take-over, through academics in faculties, and through daily voters who're excited by "problems" of immigration. Jaffe-Walter exposes the psychic and fabric charges immigrant early life suffer while residing within the shadow of social scrutiny, yet she additionally charts a course ahead through uncovering the assets those formative years have to reach social mobility and good fortune.