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Immigration and Insecurity in France

1st Edition

By Jane Freedman


188 pages

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The importance of the immigration issue in French politics has been highlighted by the success of Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the extreme-right Front National party, in reaching the second round of the presidential elections. This absorbing book closely examines the debate over immigration in contemporary France, looking not only at the development of immigration and nationality policies, but also at the changing discourse on the integration of immigrants. It analyzes the continuing racialization of discourse on immigration and anti-Islamic sentiment arising from the 'Islamic headscarf affair'. The work addresses issues such as the gendered nature of immigration and pays particular attention to the experiences of women immigrants in France. This careful analysis is then placed within the context of developments in the EU towards creating a unified immigration and asylum policy.


'This book provides a thought provoking analysis of a problem facing many nations…A well-researched, informative and interesting book.' USI Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Conceptions of immigration and citizenship; The development of immigration policy in a European context; Refugee and asylum policy: heading for a crisis?; The Sans-Papiers movement: mobilization through illegality; Immigrants' rights: the changing boundaries of citizenship; Women immigrants and asylum seekers: facing a double burden of insecurity; The Affaire des Foulards: Islam, integration and secularism; Racism and discrimination: a failure of anti-racism in France?; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Jane Freedman is a Lecturer in Politics at Southampton University, UK.

About the Series

Critical Security Series

Critical Security Series
A number of crises since the Cold War have demonstrated in the most dramatic way the insecurity of ordinary people in circumstances where states and the international system of states are either unable to provide protection or are themselves the principal sources of violence. Against such a backdrop, narrow views of security have become increasingly inappropriate. New challenges are emerging, and new dimensions need to be explored: accordingly, a radical reassessment of the notion of security is currently under way, leading to the notion of ’critical security’ with which this series is principally concerned. In the process of change, scope has been found for a wide variety of disciplines to enter the fray, and for fresh fields of study to claim some relevance and value to the field of security studies. This timely series seeks to encourage an interdisciplinary understanding of the notion of security in contemporary global life.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration