As French as Everyone Else?

A Survey of French Citizens of Maghrebin, African, and Turkish Origin

Sylvain Brouard and Vincent Tiberj
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152 pages
5.5 x 8.25
38 tables, 6 figures

Shedding new light on integration and citizenship in France to reveal the ways in which immigrants do-and do not-share the attitudes of the majority population

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France is often depicted as the model of assimilationist or republican integration in the international literature on immigration. However, rarely have surveys drilled down to provide individual responses from a double representative sample. In As French As Everyone Else?, Sylvain Brouard and Vincent Tiberj provide a comprehensive assessment of the state of integration in France and challenge the usual crisis of integration by systematically comparing the "new French" immigrants, as well as their children and grandchildren born in France, with a sample of the French general population. The authors' survey considers a wide range of topics, including religious affiliation and religiosity, political attitudes and political efficacy, value systems (including gender roles, work ethics, and anti-Semitism), patterns of integration, multiple identities and national belongings, and affirmative action. As the authors show, despite existing differences, immigrants of Maghrebin, African, and Turkish origin share a wide scope of commonality with other French citizens.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition, by Paul M. Sniderman A Note on the Translation Foreword to the French Edition, by Pascal Perrineau Acknowledgments Introduction: Why This Question? 1 Are the New French More Religious and Less Laïque? All Muslims? Are Muslims More Religious? Can We Speak of a Re-Islamization in France? Islam Is Not Part of a Retreat from French Society Laïcité: A Danger to or Protection for Muslims? Church and State Relations 2 Integration into the French Political System Confidence in French Democracy Political Preoccupations A Commitment to the Left Leftist Chiracians? Religion and Political Orientation 3 A Welfare Culture? Liberty or Equality Acceptance of the Rules of the Economy Attitudes toward the Role of the State Work and Success An Omnipresent Culture of Material Success Immigration, a Culture of Success 4 Women, Mores, and Homosexuality The Less Authoritarian French A France That Is Uncertain about Moral Order No More Lax, No More Authoritarian The More Conservative French A Lower Level of Sexual Permissiveness A Lower Level of Permissiveness in Most Social Groups Religion and Permissiveness Consequences of Lower Sexual Tolerance: Exogamy and the Veil 5 Racism and Anti-Semitism The Less Racist French Origin Is Not the Explanation Impact of the Economic Situation “Anti-Semitism of the Suburbs” in Question Anti-Semitism among Only a Minority, But a Larger Minority Anti-Semitism of the New French The Religious Factor The Relationship between Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism: More Complex than Expected 6 Integration and Equal Opportunity Assessment of and Vision for Integration Support for Affirmative Action Evaluation of Equal Opportunity Policies 7 What Identity/Identities? Attachment to Country of Origin Identification with the French Racism, Identities, and Communautarisme Minorities and Communautarisme: Danger or Fantasy? Conclusion: As French as Everyone Else Appendix: Methodology Bibliography

About the Author(s)

Sylvain Brouard is FNSP Research Professor at Bordeaux University, Sciences Po Bordeaux, Center Emile Durkheim.

Vincent Tiberj is FNSP Research Professor, Sciences Po, Center for European Studies.