Date of Degree

9-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor

Mehdi Bozorghmehr

Subject Categories

Sociology

Keywords

Arab Americans; Immigrant experience; Interview Studies; Journalism

Abstract

Through three journalistic portraits of Arab Americans living in New York City today, this thesis adds to the academic work of documenting the post-9/11 Arab-American experience via creative non-fiction storytelling. The three portraits of different generation Arab Americans each touch upon major themes covered in the post-9/11 social science research on this population, themes that are discussed in the literature review of this thesis. Furthermore, the thesis argues that the choice of creative non-fiction storytelling contributes to the already existing research in the area by making otherwise specialized material readable and accessible for a non-academic audience. Additionally, this thesis addresses the most significant differences, i.e., method, execution, and final product, in journalistic interviews and interviews conducted for social sciences.

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Sociology Commons

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