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Minorities and Immigrant Incorporation in France: The State and the Dynamics of Multiculturalism

Martin A. Schain

in Multicultural Questions

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296102
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599583 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829610X.003.0010
 Minorities and Immigrant Incorporation in France: The State and the Dynamics of Multiculturalism

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Martin Schain hammers the last nail into the coffin of hypostasized ‘national models’ of immigrant integration. His comparison of France and the US shows that the ‘pluralism’ attributed to the American model has been of very recent origins, and that the ‘Republicanism’ attributed to the French model has been hollowed out by the state's practical interest in incorporating (and controlling) its immigrant population, which has entailed de facto multicultural policies in allegedly ‘assimilationist’ France.

Keywords: France; immigrants/immigration; Jacobin; multiculturalism; US

Chapter.  11203 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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