Title

"I Don’t Want to Claim America": African Refugee Girls and Discourses of Othering

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In this article I draw from the Imani Nailah Project, a participatory action research initiative with a group of African refugee girls living in the US. I examine a particular fusion of racialized, gendered, and nationalized narratives that discursively construct the refugee girl. I interrogate this discursively produced refugee girl construct and highlight how actual refugee girls interact with this discourse with a focus on resistance strategies and emergent counter narratives of citizenship. Throughout the article, I use italics when I am referring to the refugee girl construct in order to maintain a central focus on interrogating a sociopolitical discourse—the refugee girl—as a construct distinct from actual refugee girls. My central aim is to highlight spaces and moments when actual refugee girls are in conversation with this imposed refugee girl discourse.

Original Citation

Boutwell, L. (2015). "I Don’t Want to Claim America": African Refugee Girls and Discourses of Othering. Girlhood Studies, 8(2), 103-118. doi: 10.3167/ghs.2015.080208

Identifier

doi: 10.3167/ghs.2015.080208