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"You can't forget our roots anyway": French college students' views on a multicultural France

Tabachnick, Mariel (2019) "You can't forget our roots anyway": French college students' views on a multicultural France. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Islam is immanent to and constitutive of France, and yet Muslim French must still claim and justify their belonging in the context of widespread public skepticism over Islam's compatibility with 'French' social and cultural value. While many urban French college students in particular have grown up in a time of de-facto racial pluralism, they have also grown up in the aftermath of events such as 9/11, the 2004 hijab ban and the 2011 burka ban, all of which have played significant roles in dominant French discourses on Islam and laïcité. Therefore, how have these students been shaped by contemporary French discourses and understandings of laïcité? While there is much literature on post-colonial France and Muslims within this context, there is a lack of scholarly research on French college students in particular and their understandings of Muslims in France. In this exploratory ethnographic study, I argue that students on both the left and right sides of the political spectrum still reiterate opinions that fit within the dominant French discourse surrounding Muslims in France. This in turn perpetuates the racialization of Islam within the framework of French republicanism.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tabachnick, Marielmet96@pitt.edumet960000-0003-4935-534X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJouili,
Committee MemberPetterson,
Committee MemberSilverstein,
Committee MemberCabot,
Date: 26 April 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 March 2019
Approval Date: 26 April 2019
Submission Date: 18 April 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 73
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamophobia, secularism, France
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 19:15
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 19:15


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