Bosnian Muslims and Roma in Fargo
This chapter highlights the challenges Bosnians faced, obstacles they overcame, and ways in which they pushed the boundaries of “normal” in Fargo. It describes relationships between and among Bosnian Muslims, Roma, other people, and institutions in the city. The chapter argues that relationships between Bosnian Muslims and Roma were of mutual misrecognition and that this misrecognition made it more difficult to form a “Bosnian” coalition that could liaison — as other refugee groups did — with the city for more rights, recognition, and entitlements. The case of Bosnians in Fargo challenges the idea that the nation or the state is the primary means of establishing group identity. The chapter encourages the reader to think more about everyday practices as a means to initiate and form greater solidarities.
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