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date: 23 October 2018

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This chapter discusses the implications for creating a social psychology that is rooted in social justice issues within contexts of migration and globalization. In particular, it examines how the political events surrounding 9/11 have reframed the meaning of citizenship in the South Asian diaspora. It further analyzes how the US state–sponsored immigration, naturalization, and citizenship laws were historically based on racist ideologies and the role they played in shaping and defining the experiences of many “Third World,” non-European immigrants. The chapter specifically uses examples from the American-Sikh community to show how 9/11 portrayed them as illegitimate American citizens, nonpatriotic, and as belonging to the enemy camp. I discuss how Sikh Americans have employed the discourses of distancing and empowering discrimination to navigate their model minority identities. It concludes by arguing for a reconceptualization of social psychology as a transformative discipline that is anchored in social action and social justice.

Keywords: 9/11, citizenship, social psychology, social justice, South Asians

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