[R4057] Ethnic Minority or White? Social and Economic Lives of Arab Americans

Created by Rita Stephan
Sunday, 11/22/15 11:00am


According to federal guidelines on race and ethnic measurement, persons from the Middle East and North Africa are considered White/Caucasian by race. Some Arab Americans have assimilated to the American way of life, are accepted by their peers as such, and feel entitled to identify themselves as white. Others argue that their experiences are closer to disadvantaged communities than privileged ones. Arab Americans are considered by many to be new to the US, yet Arab Americans have been in the US for more than 100 years. Is their status as perceived newcomers due to the fact that the majority of the Arab American population is immigrant rather than US born, or is it due to other aspects of their experiences? By analyzing Arab American socioeconomic characteristics such as income, poverty, education, and discrimination, this panel attempts to understand similarities and differences between Arab Americans and White and ethnic minority populations.


Arab American Studies Association






Louise A. Cainkar

(Marquette University)
Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Welfare and Justice at Marquette University. Author of: Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11. (2009, New York: Russell Sage Foundation) and a wide range of articles...
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Presenter;

Maro Youssef

(University of Texas at Austin)
Maro Youssef is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, where is focused on gender, North Africa and political sociology. She received her M.A. in Middle East Studies from the George Washington University with...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;