Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2011 Angelia R. Tyler
This thesis explores West African Muslims in New York as a case study of the immigrant experience in America through discussion of the main theories of assimilation and modes of incorporation into American society. As foreign-born, black Muslims, the Murids of Senegal rely on cohesive social networks to protect themselves from discrimination. This thesis argues that through a process of “segmented assimilation” and reliance on the ethnic enclave, which provides a critical network of support, immigrants like the Murids of Senegal can better manage the challenges they face in the host environment and achieve upward social and economic mobility in urban America while maintaining their cultural identity.
Tyler, Angelia R., "Immigrant Experiences in the United States: The Murids of Senegal in New York" (2011). CMC Senior Theses. 249.