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‘Good to Think’: The American Reference in French Discourses of Immigration and Ethnicity

Éric Fassin

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.003.0011
 ‘Good to Think’: The American Reference in French Discourses of Immigration and Ethnicity

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Eric Fassin tackles the same theme from a sociology of knowledge angle. He shows how the ‘rhetoric of America’ in France has served the political purposes of French intellectuals, who found in the discourse of culture and ethnicity a welcome replacement for their outworn discourse of class. Fassin thus hints at a sociology of multiculturalism, whose topic is not oppressed groups but intellectuals making claims about them on their behalf.

Keywords: Discrimination; ethnicity; France; immigration; US

Chapter.  8233 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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