Why Young Men

Jamil Jivani

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Why Young Men

Jamil Jivani

Across the world, we see an explosion of unpredictable violence committed by alienated young men.

Jamil Javani recounts his experiences working as an activist throughout North America and the Middle East, and draws striking parallels between ISIS recruits, gangbangers, and neo-Nazis in the West. Since narrowly escaping a descent into crime and gang violence in his native Toronto, Jivani has devoted his life to helping other at-risk youths avoid this fate in cities across North America. After the Paris terrorist attacks of 2016, he travelled to Europe and the Middle East to assist Muslim community outreach groups focused on deterring ISIS recruitment.

Why Young Men traces Jivani’s education as an activist fighting one of today’s most dangerous and intractable problems: acts of violence by angry young men. Jivani relates his personal story, his work with disenfranchised people of colour in North America and at risk youth in the Middle East and Africa, and his experiences with the white working class. He profiles a diverse array of young men – and those trying to help them – drawing parallels between these groups, refuting the popular belief that they are radically different from each other, and offering concrete steps towards countering this global trend.

“Powerfully moving … Why Young Men is a brilliant exploration of race, class, hopelessness, and why all too many young men turn to radicalization and violence.”
AMY CHUA, author of BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER

Available as:

  • First Edition
    Published 20/5/2019 ISBN 978-1-925700-49-7
    $29.99

Jamil Jivani

Jamil Jivani

Jamil Jivani

The day after the 2015 Paris terror attacks, twenty-eight-year-old Canadian Jamil Jivani opened the newspaper to find that the men responsible were familiar to him. He didn’t know them, but the communities they grew up in and the challenges they faced mirrored the circumstances of his own life.

Jivani was raised in a mostly immigrant community in Toronto that faced significant problems with integration. Having grown up a black man with a largely absent father and a general distrust of the police and systems around him, he knows what it is to watch a man’s future influenced by gangster culture or radical ideologies associated with Islam.

He broke the pattern and has devoted his life to studying and working in the area of issues affecting youth, immigrants and low-income families. Jamil is now a law professor.

His book, Why Young Men is not just a powerful and beautifully written non-fiction narrative book, it’s a book of ideas that pursues a positive path and offers a counterintuitive, often provocative argument for a sea change in the way we look at young men, and for how they see themselves.

 

Photo credit: Wim Van Cappellen

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