This paper wishes to understand how Dutch-Muslim youth that come from families with migrant backgrounds give meaning to and position themselves within Dutch society. Written as an autoethnography, this paper consist of five essays that weave together my stories with those of my research participants’. Through my research, I explore the places my participants identify as essential to their experiences growing up in the Netherlands. These explorations are unpacked in this paper through narratives of whiteness, neighbour-hoods, and the complexity of religious identities. I argue that these narratives are integral, not external, to our understanding of Dutch society. They represent a challenge to elite discourses that often generalize and misrepresent identities of young allochtoon Dutch-Muslims.

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Keywords autoethnography, Dutch society, allochtoon, youth, Muslim, integration, elite discourse, intersectionality, home, being and belonging, neighbourhoods, places, spaces, whiteness, the Netherlands
Publisher International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)
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Series ISS Working Papers - General Series
Journal ISS Working Paper Series / General Series
Sadjad, M.S. (2016). An autoethnographic study on Dutch society : Narratives of being and belonging from the perspectives of young allochtoon Dutch-Muslims (No. 613). ISS Working Paper Series / General Series (Vol. 613, pp. 1–50). International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS). Retrieved from