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Fear In Our Hearts

Elfenbein, Caleb
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Library Journal (12/01/2020): Based on his work on the Mapping Islamophobia project, which began tracking anti-Muslim hostility after 9/11, this book by Elfenbein (Director of the Center for the Humanities, Grinnell Coll.) carefully examines whom we consider to be Americans, and how views of Muslim Americans are shaped through public discourse. Elfenbein cites research performed by his team at Mapping Islamophobia. They conducted a survey on national identity, which sparked additional research suggesting that many Americans doubt whether Muslims can hold democratic values. After the introductory chapter, the book explores "public hate" (public speech or activity that reinforces negative stereotypes about a particular group, thus creating fear or suspicion). The author convincingly argues that public hate makes it virtually impossible for certain groups to fully participate in public discourse, weakening civic society. Next, Elfenbein tries to trace the origins of hostility toward Musli

ISBN 9781479804580Binding Hardback

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