The Politics of Nationality Reform and Immigration in Contemporary France
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Provides the most comprehensive analysis of the rise of citizenship conflict in contemporary France.
Studying the politics of citizenship reforms and immigration in contemporary France, Reconstructing Citizenship reveals the influential roles played by key figures and institutions in reconstructing French citizenship. An extended political process framework is used by Feldblum to study domestic changes in citizenship policies, nationality reforms, and immigrant incorporation politics. Focused on a decade of citizenship conflicts in France, Reconstructing Citizenship provides new insight into the re-envisioning of national membership taking place not just in France, but across European politics today.
Miriam Feldblum is a Senior Research Associate in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology.
"Persons interested in modern French politics, as well as those interested in immigration, nationality and citizenship issues, will find this an extremely interesting book. " — International Migration Review
"Feldblum effectively illuminates how the notions and meaning of citizenship changed during the 1980s and 1990s. By brilliantly integrating political process in her analysis, Feldblum provides a most cogent understanding of French politics of citizenship. A sharp intellectual contribution to the contested terrain of citizenship debates. " — Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex
"France is a critical case of a number of countries that are trying to fit large scale immigration of ethnically and culturally different peoples into their political and cultural frameworks. The comparative study of migration politics and policies, of citizenship, and of identity is one of the fastest growing areas of social scientific inquiry. This book is spot-on in both respects as it presents considerable material in the form of a case study of the politics of policymaking on citizenship and immigration-integration as well as a case study of the evolution of national conceptions of the meaning of being French, whether one can be a hyphenated Frenchman, and what citizenship and national identity mean in a globalizing but also increasingly fragmented world. " — Gary P. Freeman, The University of Texas at Austin
"This book is an excellent work in contemporary political history of France. It makes a very valuable contribution to our understanding of the debates over reform of French nationality laws and linking this reform to broader questions of French politics. " — James F. Hollifield, Southern Methodist University