Seminars

The CPC Seminar Series takes place between October and June, all seminars are free to attend and no registration is required. If you would like to present please contact cpc@soton.ac.uk.

Inequality, Identity and Integration among African-Descent Youth in France

14th May 2015 3pm, University of Southampton 02/1083

Loretta Bass, University of Oklahoma

The incorporation of Sub-Saharan African immigrant families is a key issue for France and Europe at large. This research uses data gathered from first- and second-generation immigrant youth and their mothers to understand the integration process of African-descent youth in France, where one in seven children comes from a family with immigrant parents. I examine identity and incorporation by addressing the following question: Where do these young people of immigrant descent see themselves fitting in French society? I use respondents' voices to identify cultural and structural factors that define their integration experience, and then present findings as they fall within three areas: 1) identity formation, 2) the importance of race and immigrant statuses, and 3) nuances of the outsider status. I also use segmented assimilation and cultural-materialist frameworks to explain two cases: Alita, a young, first-generation woman's integration, and the riots in recent years of immigrant youth in France's suburbs.

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