Immigration, Islam, and the Politics of Belonging in France

In this study of French discourse regarding the treatment of Muslim immigrants and their descendants, Elaine R. Thomas forges new theoretical tools for analyzing today's contentious politics of belonging in France and beyond.

Immigration, Islam, and the Politics of Belonging in France
A Comparative Framework

Elaine R. Thomas

2011 | 328 pages | Cloth $65.00
Political Science
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Table of Contents

Preface

PART I. INTRODUCTION AND THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
1. Introduction: The Politics of Belonging
2. What We Talk About When We Talk About Belonging: A New Framework for Analyzing Political Controversies

PART II. FAILED HOPES FOR A "NEW CITIZENSHIP": THE POLITICAL AND INTELLECTUAL LOGIC OF CHANGES IN NATIONALITY LAW
3. The Campaign for a Post-National Model of Civic Membership
4. Nationality Law Reform: Launching a New Debate
5. Reconfiguring the Politics of Membership: The Work of the Nationality Commission
6. Nationality Law Reform in Comparative Perspective

PART III. PUBLIC EDUCATION AND ISLAMIC HEADSCARVES
7. Contested Conceptions of Citizenship and Integration in France's Headscarves Affair (1989-1990)
8. Paradoxes of Civic Exclusion: Explaining Restrictions on Headscarves

PART IV. PROBLEMS OF POLITICAL MEMBERSHIP IN BRITAIN AND BEYOND
9. Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses: From Publication to Public Controversy
10. Rereading the Rushdie Affair: The Contested Terms of Being British
11. Membership Quandaries Beyond the Nation-State: European and Global Citizenship
12. Conclusion

Appendix: English Language Voluntary Exit Verbs and Usual Corresponding Objects
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments