Immigration and National Identity: Historiography Perspectives in France

Abstract : France emerged as a country of destination for a large number of immigrants from about the middle of the 19th century. Historiographical perspectives reveal what is at stake in such a history and permit the exploration of significant aspects of national identity. Presenting a synthesis of the bibliographical sources, books, studies and pamphlets, both scientific and otherwise, since 1900, this study highlights the main developments in the various analyses and narratives about this phenomenon. Successive waves of migration have transformed the manner in which this topic is presented and described, but this transformation relates also to the inner changes within French society itself. Like a mirror, the figure of the migrant unmasks the collective identities and symbolic boundaries of each community. Thus, the categories used point towards new models which are intrinsically related to the social and cultural process.
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Laure Teulières. Immigration and National Identity: Historiography Perspectives in France. Lud'a Klúsáková, Steven Ellis Imagining Frontiers, Contesting Identities, ⟨Edizioni Plus - Pisa University Press⟩, pp.43-58, 2007. ⟨hal-01558642⟩

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