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Joy Sorman & Catherine Lacey in Conversation ONLINE EVENT Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy

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.


Suggested talk

Radicalized Loyalties: There is widespread concern today about the radicalization of young muslim men, and the deprived areas of Western cities are believed to have become breeding grounds of home–grown extremism. But how do young Muslims growing up in the cities of the West really live? Truong uncovers a network of competing loyalties and maps the road young men take to resolve the conflicts they face. For these youths, Islam stands, often alone, as a resource, a gateway as if it were the last route to escape without betrayal and to fight in a meaningful and noble way. Becoming Muslim does not necessarily lead to the radicalized other. It is more like a powerful reconversion of the self that allows for introspection and change. But it can also lead to a belligerent presentation of the self that transforms a dead–end into a call to arms.

Presentation and discussion around Les défricheurs (Documentary).

The film follows 20 students in their last year of high school in the parisian outskirts of Saint Denis.


JAN 31, 2019: Night of Ideas, Washington DC

FEB 1, 2019: University of Maryland

FEB 2, 2019: Night of Philosophy and Ideas, New York

FEB 6, 2019: Bryn Mawr College

FEB 8, 2019: Mariposa Museum

Feb 11, 2019: Sem Coop, Chicago



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