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my review of Jamil Jivani’s “Why Young Men?”

June 11th, 2018 | 2 min read

By Matthew Loftus

I reviewed Jamil Jivani’s new book, Why Young Men?, for Comment magazine. It’s a fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) book that explores the very important question of why young men are radicalized and embrace violence. It is a bit tricky to nail down his central thesis, but his main themes center around the idea that young men experience alienation as a result of racism, nonfunctional state institutions (mostly the police and schools), and lack of job opportunities. This alienation is amplified by fatherlessness and family dysfunction.

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Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at