Identity, belonging and migration

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  • This volume addresses the question of migration in Europe. It is concerned with the extent to which racism and anti-immigration discourse has been to some extent normalised and "democratised" in European and national political discourses. Mainstream political parties are espousing increasingly coercive policies and frequently attempting to legitimate such approaches via nationalist-populist slogans and coded forms of racism. Identity, Belonging and Migration shows that that liberalism is not enough to oppose the disparate and diffuse xenophobia and racism faced by many migrants today and calls for new conceptions of anti-racism within and beyond the state. The book is divided into three parts and organised around a theoretical framework for understanding migration, belonging, and exclusion, which is subsequently developed through discussions of state and structural discrimination as well as a series of thematic case studies. In drawing on a range of rich and original data, this timely volume makes an important contribution to discussions on migration in Europe. -- Publisher description.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction: Migration, discrimination and belonging in Europe / Gerard Delanty, Paul Jones and Ruth Wodak -- Theoretical perspectives on belonging : Belonging and European identity / Bo Stråth. Identity, belonging and migration: beyond constructing 'others' / Paul Jones and Michał Krzyżanowski. 'Us' and 'them': inclusion and exclusion, discrimination via discourse / Ruth Wodak. Dilemmas of secularism: Europe, religion and the problem of pluralism / Gerard Delanty -- Institutional forms of discrimination : Racism, anti-racism and the Western state / Alana Lentin. What space for migrant voices in European anti-racism? / Çaǧla E. Aykaç. Multiculturalization of societies: the state and human rights issues / Irène Bellier. Towards a theory of structural discrimination: cultural, institutional and interactional mechanisms of the 'European dilemma' / Tom R. Burns. On institutional and agentic discrimination: migrants and national labour markets / Helena Flam. Non-place identity: Britain's response to migration in the age of supermodernity / David Ian Hanauer -- Cases of belonging and exclusion : Symbolic violence / Helena Flam and Brigitte Beauzamy. Voices of migrants: solidarity and resistance / Lena Sawyer (with Paul Jones). Transformations of 'Dutchness': from happy multiculturalism to the crisis of Dutch liberalism / Marc de Leeuw and Sonja van Wichelen. Competent vs. incompetent students: polarization and social closure in Madrid schools / Luisa Martín Rojo -- Conclusion: Discrimination as a modern European legacy / Masoud Kamali
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