|VOLUME 3 (2001), ISSUE 6 (WINTER)
SOME KEYS TO COMPARE FRENCH AND GERMAN TRADITIONAL CONCEPTS OF CULTURAL IDENTITY
This chapter blends the traditional oppositions between Germany and France ; if French "assimilationism" is prima facie "inclusive", it is also "exclusive" (i.e. based on a form of a latent intolerance), as it does not admit anything else other than its own core identity and it represses all other languages and cultures. Conversely, German "marginalism" seems prima facie "exclusive", because it does not give citizenship to the migrants, but, at the same time, it is relatively tolerant, allowing them to differentiate themselves and to live according to their own standards.
Assimilation - Marginalism
Hagen KORDES is a sociologist and a professor at the University of Münster, Germany.
This book is the outcome of a collective reflection on immigration and interethnic relationships by a multidisciplinary academic team.
Translation in English by Patrick HUNOUT and Ellen MOORE-BOOHAR.
A part of this book has been realized thanks to the financial support of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the French-German Youth Office.
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