A Note on Methods
For this study, I did a total of sixty-seven interviews
as well as participant-observation in various sites in
Wellford in 2002–3. I interviewed thirty-eight high
school students, of whom twenty-five were South
Asian Muslim immigrant youth (twelve were Indian,
eight Pakistani, and five Bangladeshi, roughly in pro-
portion to their representation in the high school).
I also interviewed seven second-generation South
Asian Muslim youth, who were either born in the
United States or came here before the age of seven
or eight, and six non-Muslim South Asian or non–
South Asian Muslim immigrant students (including
Nepali, Tibetan, and African youth). Of the total
group of high school youth, I ended up speaking to
twenty-five students who were female and thirteen
who were male. While I had ideally hoped for a gen-
der balance among interviewees, I realized that some
of the boys were a bit uncomfortable talking to girls
and women outside their family circle, which is gen-
erally true of adolescent males, as I know from my
previous research, and was particularly true for these
immigrant youth.
The interviews were open-ended, informal conver-
sations that took place in a range of settings, from
prearranged meetings to conversations over lunch or
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