Gender and Youth Citizenship in Contexts of Postcoloniality: The Marginalisation of Muslim Youth in Ghana
In the context of wider concerns about youth’s radicalisation, this paper will report from a recent research project exploring Muslim youth identity constructions in Ghana, focusing in particular on the intersection of nationality, religion, gender and ethnicity. As in Dunne et al (2015), identity is conceptualised through post-structural, post-colonial and feminist theories, as a discursive production within which difference is constitutive (e.g. Hall, 2001). Focus groups were conducted separately with male and female Muslim youth, and those who were in higher education, in school, or out-of-school. The study was conducted by researchers from two universities in Ghana and was further supported by local ‘youth researchers’, in order to facilitate the articulation of youth’s identity affiliations and their ‘constitutive others’. Our analysis will illuminate Muslim youth’s sense of marginalisation, in particular foregrounding the intersection of gender with nation and religion as important sites of inequality.