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"French Suburbs": a New Problem or a New Approach to Social Exclusion? GSPE Working Paper 1/27/2009

Tissot, Sylvie. (2009) "French Suburbs": a New Problem or a New Approach to Social Exclusion? GSPE Working Paper 1/27/2009. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    At the end of 1980s, the question of "quartiers sensibles" (at-risk neighborhoods) started being very publicized in France. It was not only the subject of many front page articles, but also the target of a new public policy aimed at promoting urban and social development in about 500 neighborhoods (Politique de la ville). I argue that such focalization on "quartiers sensibles" does not only result from increasing problems such as unemployment, poverty or juvenile delinquency. It also represents a major change in public policy. Focusing on "quartiers sensibles" directly contributed to the restructuring of the French Welfare State by centering its action on specific urban spaces rather than national territory, and on social links rather than economic reality, contrary to what Welfare State claimed to do during the Fordist period. The outbreak of November 2005 riots is inextricably bound up to the way some problems (like lack of communication and weakening social links) have been associated to the question of "quartiers sensibles" whereas the French model of integration, based on equality between abstract citizens, let some others (like ethnic discrimination) unquestioned.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Exclusion, French suburbs, social problem.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > discrimination/minorities
    Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Political Sociology (University of Strasbourg) > Working Papers
    Depositing User: Mr Jean-Yves Bart
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2010
    Page Range: p. 13
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:20
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12455

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