Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France

Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France

by Jean Beaman

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While portrayals of immigrants and their descendants in France and throughout Europe often center on burning cars and radical Islam, Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France paints a different picture. Through fieldwork and interviews in Paris and its banlieues, Jean Beaman examines middle-class and upwardly mobile children of Maghrébin, or North African immigrants. By showing how these individuals are denied cultural citizenship because of their North African origin, she puts to rest the notion of a French exceptionalism regarding cultural difference, race, and ethnicity and further centers race and ethnicity as crucial for understanding marginalization in French society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520294264
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jean Beaman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface: Black Girl in Paris ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 North African Origins in and of the French Republic 1

2 Growing up French? Education, Upward Mobility, and Connections across Generations 29

3 Marginalization and Middle-Class Blues: Race, Islam, the Workplace, and the Public Sphere 43

4 French Is, French Ain't: Boundaries of French and Maghrebin Identities 66

5 Boundaries of Difference: Cultural Citizenship and Transnational Blackness 84

Conclusion: Sacrificed Children of the Republic? 93

Methodological Appendix: Another Outsider: Doing Race from/in Another Place 105

Notes 113

References 127

Index 147

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