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Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity (2018)

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Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity

Longlisted for the Toronto Book AwardThe day after the 2015 Paris terror attacks, twenty-eight-year-old Canadian Jamil Jivani opened the newspaper to find that the men responsible were familiar to him. He didn’t know them, but the communities they grew up in and the challenges they faced mirrored the circumstances of his own life. Jivani travelled to Belgium in February 2016 to better understand the roots of jihadi radicalization. Less than two months later, Brussels fell victim to a terrorist attack carried out by young men who lived in the same neighbourhood as him.Jivani was raised in a mostly immigrant community in Toronto that faced significant problems with integration. Having grown up with a largely absent father, he knows what it is to watch a man’s future influenced by gangster culture or radical ideologies associated with Islam. Jivani found himself at a crossroads: he could follow the kind of life we hear about too often in the media, or he could choose a safe, prosperous future. He opted for the latter, attending Yale and becoming a lawyer, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and a powerful speaker for the disenfranchised.Why Young Men is not a memoir but a book of ideas that pursues a positive path and offers a counterintuitive, often provocative argument for a sea change in the way we look at young men, and for how they see themselves.Contents:Role models --New arrivals --Crisis of distrust --Capacity to aspire --Competing for the future: part I --Competing for the future: part II --Social (im)mobility --Reentry --Diversity: part I --Diversity: part II --Paris attacks --Faithless radicals --Fake news --Youth workers fight back --Jobs --Isolating extremists --Broken democracy --My brother's keeper --Epilogue: what went unsaid.

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