- Structural & Cultural Incorporation Among Muslim Immigrants and Their Children in France
Debates and tensions surrounding the presence of large Muslim populations have established religion as a principal axis of social differentiation in Western Europe. Are Muslim immigrants and their children progressively reaching social parity with natives? In my dissertation, I use existing survey data as well as original data from online sources and ethnographic fieldwork to examine the key structural and cultural aspects of Muslim immigrants’ incorporation in France. I document substantial spatial integration and the emergence of a middle-class subgroup, yet I find religiosity to be resilient to the normative influence of the French secular context of reception. I instead describe a circular dynamic of cultural retention from immigrants and discrimination from natives, which in turn prompts reactive religiosity from immigrants. Ethnographic evidence strongly suggests that such polarization has been reinforced by the recent wave of terrorist attacks. The results of this research thus question the self-evident links between socioeconomic and cultural incorporation often assumed in immigration research.
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