SECUR: Between secularization and disengagement. young Muslims Brussels: practices, identities and beliefs.

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The category of young Muslims is singularly overexposed as problematic in the public space and in the media. They are only represented as a 'problematic group' in the recent debates on sexism or street violence. This mediatic and political problematisation contrasts sharply with the limited number of reliable scientific materials about this population in Belgium and more specifically, in the region of Brussels where young Muslims are over-represented.
Although this group of young Muslims in Brussels is central to numerous policy initiatives (employment, education, education, prevention of radicalisation, social cohesion, security, etc.), we noticed a remarkable lack of scientific evidence. The aim of the current project is 1) to collect sufficient new and updated data (quantitative and qualitative) on young Muslims from Brussels; 2) to examine, within a specific framework (society after terrorist attacks characterised by processes of polarisation and conflicts over the place of Islam and its "integrable" character), the impact of this on the building of identities; 3) to adopt a participatory approach with young people, in the implementation and dissemination of research; 4) to make the policy aimed at this group in Brussels more effective and efficient. We want to answer eight research questions, that will help us to
1) better understand their hopes and difficulties in the transition from adolescence to adulthood (tools, means, resilience, etc.);
2) understand the construction of their identity as Belgian, citizen of Brussels, whether or not of foreign origin, Muslim practising (or not-;
3) Identify the impact of educational pathways and resources on these processes;
4) to describe their first steps in employment or their representations of the world of work and the strategies they adopt;
5) gain insight into the meeting spaces in which they invest (or do not invest);
6) understand how they perceive Brussels as an urban space;
7) ways of challenging, circumventing or appropriating the stereotypes they transmit to the groups with which they potentially identify;
8) examine the impact of gender on all these processes.
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Effective start/end date1/10/1830/09/20

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  • Other social sciences not elsewhere classified