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Racial Interactions, Racism Accusations and White Guilt in France and Italy

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France, a traditionally colorblind nation, is facing an emerging racial question. To address issues related to racism and discriminations, empirical work is needed not only about minorities, but also whites. Overt racism is fading among whites and anti-racist norms are prevailing in the public space. In this context, the paper aims at elucidating the discomfort that whites feel when they may be accused of racism. Anti-racist norms are especially challenged in the crime control environment, where there relationships between law enforcement and minorities are conflict-ridden. To highlight the magnitude of this white guilt in France, I compare the French case with the Italian case, where immigration is more recent and colonial history less prevalent. The paper suggests that contrary to conventional wisdom, colorblind France and differentialist United States share white guilt as a common feature of their management of race relations - as opposed to non-colonial Italy, whose law enforcement personnel is unequivocally and unapologetically racist.

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Bonnet, Francois. "Racial Interactions, Racism Accusations and White Guilt in France and Italy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 08, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p307535_index.html>

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Bonnet, F. , 2009-08-08 "Racial Interactions, Racism Accusations and White Guilt in France and Italy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p307535_index.html

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Abstract: France, a traditionally colorblind nation, is facing an emerging racial question. To address issues related to racism and discriminations, empirical work is needed not only about minorities, but also whites. Overt racism is fading among whites and anti-racist norms are prevailing in the public space. In this context, the paper aims at elucidating the discomfort that whites feel when they may be accused of racism. Anti-racist norms are especially challenged in the crime control environment, where there relationships between law enforcement and minorities are conflict-ridden. To highlight the magnitude of this white guilt in France, I compare the French case with the Italian case, where immigration is more recent and colonial history less prevalent. The paper suggests that contrary to conventional wisdom, colorblind France and differentialist United States share white guilt as a common feature of their management of race relations - as opposed to non-colonial Italy, whose law enforcement personnel is unequivocally and unapologetically racist.


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