Negotiating Identities by Riva Kastoryano
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Negotiating Identities
By Riva Kastoryano

Negotiating Identities

States and Immigrants in France and Germany

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Negotiating Identities by Riva Kastoryano

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Immigration is even more hotly debated in Europe than in the United States. In this pivotal work of action and discourse analysis, Riva Kastoryano draws on extensive fieldwork--including interviews with politicians, immigrant leaders, and militants--to analyze interactions between states and immigrants in France and Germany. Making frequent comparisons to the United States, she delineates the role of states in constructing group identities and measures the impact of immigrant organization and mobilization on national identity. Kastoryano argues that states contribute directly and indirectly to the elaboration of immigrants' identity, in part by articulating the grounds on which their groups are granted legitimacy. Conversely, immigrant organizations demanding recognition often redefine national identity by reinforcing or modifying traditional sentiments. They use culture--national references in Germany and religion in France--to negotiate new political identities in ways that alter state composition and lead the state to negotiate its identity as well. Despite their different histories, Kastoryano finds that Germany, France, and the United States are converging in their policies toward immigration control and integration. All three have adopted similar tactics and made similar institutional adjustments in their efforts to reconcile differences while tending national integrity. The author builds her observations into a model of "negotiations of identities" useful to a broad cross-section of social scientists and policy specialists. She extends her analysis to consider how the European Union and transnational networks affect identities still negotiated at the national level. The result is a forward-thinking book that illuminates immigration from a new angle.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691010151
ISBN-10: 0691010153
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Riva Kastoryano

Riva Kastoryano is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research and teaches at the Institute for Political Science, both in Paris, and the author of several books in french.

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