As French as Everyone Else? A Survey of French Citizens of by Sylvain Brouard

By Sylvain Brouard

France is usually depicted because the version of assimilationist or republican integration within the overseas literature on immigration. in spite of the fact that, not often have surveys drilled right down to supply person responses from a double consultant pattern. In As French as everybody Else?, Sylvain Brouard and Vincent Tiberj supply a finished evaluation of the country of integration in France and problem the standard drawback of integration by means of systematically evaluating the "new French" immigrants, in addition to their young children and grandchildren born in France, with a pattern of the French common inhabitants. The authors' survey considers quite a lot of issues, together with spiritual association and religiosity, political attitudes and political efficacy, worth structures (including gender roles, paintings ethics, and anti-Semitism), styles of integration, a number of identities and nationwide property, and affirmative motion. because the authors express, regardless of latest transformations, immigrants of Maghrebin, African, and Turkish beginning proportion a large scope of commonality with different French electorate.

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Muslims do not see Islam as opposed to the Republic. ” More than 80 percent among them do not believe that integration into French society and Islam are contradictory. This is probably an additional indicator of the strong privatization of the relationship to Islam, which does not require, for the large majority of Muslims, involvement in a community of the faithful in the strong sense of the term. The conditions that would allow an Islam that retreats from French society to dominate in France are therefore not met.

C HAPTER 1 Are the New French More Religious and Less Laïque? U NTIL NOW , the religious affiliation and practice of French people who immigrated or are the descendants of immigrants from Africa or Turkey has rarely been the object of systematic, rigorous, and in-depth study. Indeed, the few existing surveys focus on Muslims and are subject to numerous critiques as to their methodological foundations. Because, for legal reasons, there are no questions about religious belonging on the French census, it is impossible to construct a representative sample of the Muslim population using a quota method.

3 This state of affairs could be the symptom of a higher level of political alienation. But we previously nuanced this idea. The fact remains that the New French do not express more negative opinions in protest of the government than the rest of the population does, and they do not, therefore, constitute an identity group that is at loggerheads with the rest of society. Even on the integration of immigrants, an area in which the government and several portfolio holders have demonstrated some activism, the disapproval level is only slightly weaker.

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