Becoming French: Minorities and the Challenges of Integration in the French Republic

0980B [CRN: 24001]

Recent controversies around Muslim integration, including debates around the headscarf and uprisings in the working class suburbs of large French cities, point to difficulties France has faced in integrating its minority populations. This course will explore the encounter between France and its immigrant, religious, and racial minorities from the Revolution to contemporary times. By comparing paths of integration and debates around minority inclusion, we will consider how minorities negotiated their identities as they struggled to internalize France’s cultural and historical legacy. We will also addresses political and historiographical debates over the relationship between political citizenship and religious/cultural identity. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students and sophomores. M
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