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Author Ireland, Patrick R. (Patrick Richard), 1961-

Title The policy challenge of ethnic diversity : immigrant politics in France and Switzerland / Patrick R. Ireland.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1994.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.800944 IREL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 327 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-316) and index.
Contents 1. France before 1974 -- 2. France, 1974-1992 -- 3. The Local French Cases: La Courneuve and Roubaix -- 4. Switzerland before 1974 -- 5. Switzerland, 1974-1992 --6. The Local Swiss Cases: Schlieren and La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Summary Comparing France and Switzerland, and focusing on four cities, Patrick Ireland tests various existing explanations of how and why immigrant political participation has taken certain forms: homeland-oriented, geared toward the country of origin; institutional, conducted through regularly accorded channels in the host society; or confrontational, developed outside legal and favored channels. Through extensive research and interviews, Ireland finds that national and local institutional frameworks, rather than ethnic origins or class status, determine the form of immigrants' political mobilization. He shows how indigenous trade unions, political parties, and other institutions have acted as gatekeepers, controlling access to avenues of political participation, and describes the ways in which immigrants have availed themselves of the different opportunities in each institutional context.
Documenting changes from one generation to the next, his account identifies distinctive forms of political activity that have evolved in recent years.
Subject Ethnicity -- Political aspects -- France -- History.
Ethnicity -- Political aspects -- Switzerland -- History.
Immigrants -- France -- Political activity.
Immigrants -- Switzerland -- Political activity.
Immigrants -- Government policy -- France.
Immigrants -- Government policy -- Switzerland.
Political participation.
ISBN 0674683757