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Title: My Journey, Our Journey, Their Journey: The ‘Say-Walahi’ Generation
Authors: Ilmi, Ahmed
Advisor: Njoki, Wane
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: Somali Youth
Somali dhaqan
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: The aim of the study is to look at the social formative processes of the Somali-Canadian youths, known as the ‘say-wallahi’ generation, go through. My research primarily focuses on how I learned to survive as a racialized person in the White Canadian nation space by holding onto my Somali identity, and how my journey diverges and converges with Somali-Canadian youth. First, I examine how the media socially constructed the Somali identity through a colonial gaze in a Toronto Life article. Secondly, I narrate some of my own schooling experiences for they speak to the deep psychological and spiritual scars that I embody as a racialized Somali. Especially, my interest is to show how instrumental Somali dhaqan was to my survival of the colonial/racializing gaze. Finally, I stress the importance of and the need for Somali youth to engage in de-colonizing/ de-racialization processes that encompasses their re-discovery of their indigenous Somaliness.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18075
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