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Reconceptualizing the Republic: Diversity and Education in France, 1945–2008

Soysal, Yasemin Nuhoğlu and Szakács, Simona (2010) 'Reconceptualizing the Republic: Diversity and Education in France, 1945–2008.' The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 41 (1). pp. 97-115. ISSN 0022-1953

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Abstract

<jats:p> Since the nineteenth century, France, not unlike the United States, has experienced significant immigration and, as a result, great flux. Yet, the French public discourse and policy instruments concerned with ethnic and racial diversities evolved in sharp contrast to those in the United States. Whereas U.S. nation-building incorporated the recognition of ethnoracial identities, with all of its trials and tribulations, the French nation's trajectory assumed a unitary form. Recent developments, however, point to changes in the Republic's projection of its identity and its citizenry. An analysis of school teaching finds that the Republic is now re-envisioned as open and tolerant of diversity, though more from a universalistic, normative perspective—increasingly indexed at the transnational level—than from a perspective that privileges France's immigrant and colonial past. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC France
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 16:05
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5215

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