Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France

In the hyphen of the nation-state

By Shailja Sharma

Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9399-3
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: October 2016
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, Humanities / Religion & politics, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Religion, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, Sociology, Religion & politics, Politics & government, Migration, immigration & emigration, Cultural studies


This book compares the postcolonial populations of Britain and France, examining the ways in which they are redefining citizenship. Bearing in mind the different histories and political systems of each country, it considers questions of national identity, values, the place of religion, secularism and public spaces - all integral to determining what makes a country a true nation. Recent security threats have made the debate around minorities and assimilation all the more pressing, and this book delves deep into the issues of feminism, Islam and group identities. It will be of interest to students and scholars of race, religion and migration studies.


Introduction: migrants into minorities
1. Challenges to national citizenship
2. Postcolonial minorities and securitization
3. Race by any other name: Islam and the contestation of citizenship
4. The nation-state's wobbly hyphen: the backlash against multiculturalism
5. Bearers of tradition or oppressed minority: women as citizens


Shailja Sharma is Associate Professor of International Studies at DePaul University

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