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“When I dream, I dream in French”: Articulations of French identity among second-generation North African immigrants in France

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In this paper, based on 45 interviews with second-generation North African immigrants in the Paris metropolitan area, I discuss how second-generation North African immigrants understand their difference from and marginalization within mainstream French society, locate themselves within that society, and the degree to which they actually see themselves as French. French Republican ideology stresses the individual versus groups and commonality among citizens versus difference among citizens. Despite an official “masking” of difference, the state has an increasingly narrow definition of what it means to be “French,” a definition which often includes or excludes particular populations within French society. Second-generation North African immigrants are one such population. Despite being born in France, second-generation North African immigrants are often perceived as foreigners and therefore have their “Frenchness” contested. Considering how these individuals invoke their French citizenship in how they self-identify clarifies how they make sense of their social worlds. Through discussing how my respondents define being French, I also discuss how they distinguish between the legal and cultural dimensions of French national identity, as well as the different ways they frame French Republican ideology. As they have French citizenship, second-generation North African immigrants fit within the legal dimensions of French identity, but they seek to challenge the cultural dimensions in order to include themselves within that definition. Finally, I discuss the relevance of schools in both marking those of immigrant origin as different and seemingly outside the definition of a French person and in socializing them into French Republican ideology.
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Name: Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Council for European Studies
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Beaman, Jean. "“When I dream, I dream in French”: Articulations of French identity among second-generation North African immigrants in France" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Council for European Studies, Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p549922_index.html>

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Beaman, J. "“When I dream, I dream in French”: Articulations of French identity among second-generation North African immigrants in France" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Council for European Studies, Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA <Not Available>. 2014-11-24 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p549922_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper, based on 45 interviews with second-generation North African immigrants in the Paris metropolitan area, I discuss how second-generation North African immigrants understand their difference from and marginalization within mainstream French society, locate themselves within that society, and the degree to which they actually see themselves as French. French Republican ideology stresses the individual versus groups and commonality among citizens versus difference among citizens. Despite an official “masking” of difference, the state has an increasingly narrow definition of what it means to be “French,” a definition which often includes or excludes particular populations within French society. Second-generation North African immigrants are one such population. Despite being born in France, second-generation North African immigrants are often perceived as foreigners and therefore have their “Frenchness” contested. Considering how these individuals invoke their French citizenship in how they self-identify clarifies how they make sense of their social worlds. Through discussing how my respondents define being French, I also discuss how they distinguish between the legal and cultural dimensions of French national identity, as well as the different ways they frame French Republican ideology. As they have French citizenship, second-generation North African immigrants fit within the legal dimensions of French identity, but they seek to challenge the cultural dimensions in order to include themselves within that definition. Finally, I discuss the relevance of schools in both marking those of immigrant origin as different and seemingly outside the definition of a French person and in socializing them into French Republican ideology.


Similar Titles:
North African or French? Negotiating ethnic-based identity among second-generation North African Immigrants in France

Who is French?: Middle-class positionality and identity among second-generation North African immigrants in France


 
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