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European Muslim Youth: Towards A Cool Islam?

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This chapter focuses on the role of music (in the broadest sense of the word) in Dutch-Moroccan youth culture. It explores the way Dutch- Moroccan Muslim youth appropriate particular kinds of music in order to express a specific kind of identity. Before going into detail about Muslim youth culture in the Netherlands, the chapter presents a short outline of what youth culture is and the importance of (popular) music in it, and turns to the specific case of the Netherlands and, in particular, to Dutch-Moroccan youth. The chapter discusses how music is used as in instrument in the production of a youth culture and hence serves to symbolise the identification processes of second-generation Dutch-Moroccans in a post-migration context. It shows that music and youth culture are inherently linked to all kinds of social, cultural and political processes taking place within the society these young people inhabit.

Keywords: Dutch-Moroccans; music; Muslim youth; Netherlands; post-migration context



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