9780816646630

Contested Citizenship : Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Europe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780816646630

  • ISBN10:

    0816646635

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-12-24
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr

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Summary

From international press coverage of the French government's attempt to prevent Muslims from wearing headscarves to terrorist attacks in Madrid and the United States, questions of cultural identity and pluralism are at the center of the world's most urgent events and debates. Presenting an unprecedented wealth of empirical research garnered during ten years of a cross-cultural project, Contested Citizenship addresses these fundamental issues by comparing collective actions by migrants, xenophobes, and antiracists in Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Revealing striking cross-national differences in how immigration and diversity are contended by different national governments, these authors find that how citizenship is constructed is the key variable defining the experience of Europe's immigrant populations. Contested Citizenship provides nuanced policy recommendations and challenges the truism that multiculturalism is always good for immigrants. Even in an age of European integration and globalization, the state remains a critical actor in determining what points of view are sensible and realisticand legitimatein society. Ruud Koopmans is professor of sociology at Free University, Amsterdam. Paul Statham is reader in political communications at the University of Leeds. Marco Giugni is a researcher and teacher of political science at the University of Geneva. Florence Passy is assistant professor of political science at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Author Biography

Ruud Koopmans is professor of sociology at Free University, Amsterdam Paul Statham is professor of social movements and the public sphere at the University of Leeds Marco Giugni is a researcher and teacher of political science at the University of Geneva Florence Passy is assistant professor of political science at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: The Contentious Politics of Immigration and Ethnic Relations 1(30)
Configurations of Citizenship in Five European Countries
31(43)
Beyond the Nation-State? National and Postnational Claims Making
74(33)
Migrants between Transnationalism and National Citizenship
107(39)
Minority Group Demands and the Challenge of Islam
146(34)
The Extreme Right: Ethnic Competition or Political Space?
180(25)
Interest or Identity? Pro-Migrant and Antiracist Actors
205(27)
Contested Citizenship: Conclusions and Future Directions
232(22)
Appendix: The Coding of Political Claims Making 254(13)
Notes 267(12)
References 279(18)
Index 297

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