This chapter counters contemporaneous academic and professional commentators, who have mirrored the Western media, in effectively depicting Muslim youth as folk devils. Militancy, extremism and terrorism have been themes underwritten by narratives relating to violence, cultural conflict, generational confusion and religious fundamentalism. These can range from being largely implicit to more or less explicit premises. Hence, the ‘young Muslim’ is the product of a range of social forces and, generally, a complex mythology; a caricature of the reality of the actual experience of young Muslims. This group has thus become a constructed ‘other’; collectively, a social object made into an archetype by the remote gaze of the analyst.
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