Understanding and interpreting France's national identity: The meanings of being French

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Abstract

France has recently held a national debate on the nature of its national identity. This grassroot process has lead thousands of French citizens to define in their own terms what it means to be French. Based upon these contributions, this article proposes a typology of the different meanings of being French and looks to throw light on these conceptions of citizenship, in explaining their respective origins and premises, but also in showing their potential and disadvantages with regard to the challenges of ethno-cultural pluralism.

LanguageEnglish
Pages223-237
Number of pages15
JournalNational Identities
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • civic nationalism
  • ethnic nationalism
  • ethnosymbolism
  • France
  • multiculturalism
  • national identity

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Understanding and interpreting France's national identity : The meanings of being French. / Caron, Jean François.

In: National Identities, Vol. 15, No. 3, 09.2013, p. 223-237.

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