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Cécile Laborde

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550210

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550210.001.0001

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Social Exclusion and the Critique of Republican Nationalism

Social Exclusion and the Critique of Republican Nationalism

(p.202) CHAPTER 9 Social Exclusion and the Critique of Republican Nationalism
Critical Republicanism

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Chapter 9 challenges the official republican account of civic solidarity. It first suggests that the demands of cultural integration are too burdensome on immigrants who already suffer from socio-economic exclusion. It then denounces the invisible yet ubiquitous ethnicisation of social relations that is both tolerated and generated by the apparently ‘ethnic-blind’ discourse of integration. Finally, it shows that the assertion of Muslim identities in the public sphere is symptomatic either of defiant disaffiliation from the republic, or of a claim of ‘integration without assimilation’. The appropriate response in both cases is not the re-assertion of an archaic and ethnocentric model of national integration but, rather, the implementation of tougher anti-discrimination policies and the positive recognition of ethno-cultural differences in the public sphere.

Keywords:   integration, assimilation, post-colonial racism, ethnocentrism, social exclusion, discrimination, Muslim identity politics, affirmative action, recognition

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