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Immigration, Integration and Education
Children of Immigrants in France and England

ISBN 9780367001308
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
304 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Immigration, Integration and Education offers a unique comparative analysis of the views and experiences of children of immigrants in school in France and England. It showcases how the theorization of children’s narratives can offer new methodological tools and insights in comparative education and help understand the different role of educational systems and discourses around issues of immigration, integration, race, language and religion.

Presenting an in-depth analysis of children’s own narratives, this book offers a close comparative examination of the French and English educational systems, and the ways in which they impact on the experiences and identities of children of immigrants. The narratives of the children reveal the multiple forms of othering, discrimination and exclusion that shape their experiences in school, but also the multiple strategies they deploy to navigate these complex educational landscapes. It stresses that beyond national ideologies and philosophies of integration, structural and cultural aspects need to be explored to understand the role played by schools in the inclusion of immigrant populations.

This book is an essential resource for academics, researchers and graduate students in the fields of sociology of education, migration studies, intercultural education, educational policy and comparative and international education. It will also appeal to those who are committed to addressing inequalities and discrimination in education.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Immigration, integration and education: critical perspectives


Chapter 2. Crossed perspectives

Immigration, integration and education in France and England: a review of policy and practice


Chapter 3. Belonging and Othering

The construction of difference and Otherness in schools


Chapter 4. Language and Power

Children’s views on language and Otherness in school

Chapter 5: Discourse and Microaggressions

Belonging and Otherness in peer-group relations: the English school


Chapter 6. Ideology and Utopia

Belonging and Otherness in peer-group relations: the French school


Chapter 7 Narrative and Self

Children’s identity narratives of belonging and Otherness in school


Chapter 8 Conclusion

On reflection, recognition and reparation




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Oakleigh Welply is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Durham University, UK. Her areas of research focus on the relationship of education to issues of identity, language, race, religion and how these relate to immigration, integration, globalisation and citizenship