African Immigrant Families in Another France, by Loretta E. Bass

Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014 

The incorporation of Sub-Saharan African immigrant families is a key issue for France and Europe at large. Using the voices of first and second-generation immigrants to describe their integration experiences, this book illustrates how racial and immigrant statuses are assigned simultaneously and inseparably for those of African-descent in France, and in turn limit employment and social cohesion, often irrespective of an individual’s qualifications or citizenship documents. First- and second-generation African youth report being, “French on the inside, African on the out,” because they hold a French mentality but are continually treated as outsiders.

At the same time, this research connects individual-level cultural and religious factors that shape varied levels of resilience and immigrant outcomes. This book explains how the practices of French universalism and secularism together have become a straightjacket and ostrich policy for France, as the difficulties of incorporation are obfuscated by data regulations that limit the ability to measure social inequalities patterned by ethnic or immigrant descent. To view a free, sample chapter from Dr. Bass’ new book, visit the following URL:
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Table of Contents Part I: African Immigrants and France

1 Introduction – “Another France”

2 Why Study Sub-Saharan African Immigrants in France?

3 A Post-Colonial Bouillabaisse: Africans in France – Context and Theory


Part II: Structural and Cultural Considerations

4 Social Structures Shaping Immigrant Integration – “The Power of Skin”

5 Cultural Differences, Asserting Oneself and Religion – “Take Your Place”

6 Identity and the Integration of Youth – “French on the Inside”


Part III: Theorizing Integration and Conclusions

7 Conclusions – Inequality, (Dis)location and Sub-Saharan African Inclusion