Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Committee Chair

Mark Auslander

Second Committee Member

Jessica Hope Amason

Third Committee Member

Bobby Cummings

Fourth Committee Member

Kathleen Barlow


This research focuses on the production of social space by young Somali men who live in low-income communities in south Seattle, Washington. Through participant observation and semi-structured interviews, this study examines social interactions in key urban spaces. These spaces include the mosque, streets, a community center, and the soccer field. By focusing on how young Somali men interact and navigate social space, this study provides a gendered and ethnic perspective on how relationships of power and authority become spatialized in an urban context.