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Class Identification

  • Jacek KuberaEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)

Abstract

This chapter discusses situations in which assertions are made about the integration of Algerian immigrants and their descendants with the French working class. Identification with this class is often accompanied by antagonism towards the bourgeoisie, understood as the second, wealthier, section of French society. The upward social mobility of French of Algerian origin may be treated not only as a socioeconomic move away from their parents, but also as an acquisition of new French cultural competencies characteristic of the bourgeoisie. Situations are indicated in which social advancement often requires a rejection of certain characteristics associated with Algerian identification. The context of downward social mobility is also discussed, where the appearance of certain pathological behaviours may be interpreted, as in the case of advancement, as an acceptance of certain characteristics deemed French, and not Algerian. At the end of the chapter, situations are presented in which a class identification (‘I am not bourgeois’) appears along with two others: with the suburbs and with immigrants, where these are interpreted as being a particular hindrance to the acquisition of certain French characteristics.

Keywords

Working class Bourgeoisie Advancement of immigrants Social mobility Social exclusion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of SociologyAdam Mickiewicz University in PoznańPoznańPoland

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