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Fabien Truong

Fabien Truong is a sociologist and author of Radicalized Loyalties: Becoming Muslim in the West, translated by Seth Ackerman and published by Polity in May 2018.


Fabien Truong is a sociologist. His work at the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris focuses on urban marginality, social mobility, and the democratization of academia. He is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Paris 8. Radicalized Loyalties is his first book to be translated into English. Previous work in English includes chapters in Class, Ethnicity and State in the Polarized Metropolis and the Handbook in French Politics and Culture

About the book: Radicalized Loyalties

Following the terror attacks in France, the UK, and elsewhere in Western democracies, there has been growing concern about the so-called "radicalization" of young Muslims. Particular attention is often paid to the outskirts of Western cities, considered to be breeding grounds for homegrown extremism. Truong focuses on the area just outside of Paris and some of its inhabitants: Adama, Radouane, Hassan, Tarik, Marley, and a phantom whose name would become known worldwide, suddenly and brutally, after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack. By looking through the eyes of Adémy Coulibaly's friends and neighbors, Radicalized Loyalties examines a dense network of competing social loyalties and traces the path that these young men take to resolve the conflicts they face: becoming Muslim.

Translated from the French by Seth Ackerman, Radicalized Loyalties breaks the barrier between "us and "them," shedding light on the new forms of violence that we face in a world where one is not born, but becomes, a warrior.

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