“I’m Trying to Give Them My Face.” Everyday Embodied Agency of the Muslim Other in Amsterdam

Reza Shaker Ardekani*, Sander van Lanen*, Bettina van Hoven

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Focusing on the Muslim Other in Amsterdam, the article explores how individual young Muslims embody their agency in the forms of micro-practices and socio-spatial relations. By highlighting the spatio-corporeal aspects of Muslims' presence within urban space, our ethnography foregrounds how young Muslims negotiate identities and belonging within everyday urban spaces of encounter. Dealing with the everyday panoptical white Othering gaze, we describe a range of “unremarkable” ordinary practices and everyday small agencies that young Muslims in Amsterdam adopt including invisibility, challenging whiteness, and accumulating whiteness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-47
Number of pages21
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number1
Early online date4-Nov-2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2022


  • Amsterdam
  • encounter
  • everyday agency
  • the body
  • the Muslim Other
  • whiteness

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