Conforming Women Citizens in the Making. Targeting Migrants Through Gendered Immigrant Integration Policies in Helsinki and Paris

  • Linda HaapajärviEmail author
Part of the Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning book series (LARI, volume 17)


Although contemporary immigrant integration policies are increasingly geared towards fashioning “good” citizens out of migrant women in France and Finland the institutional socialization process performing this work evolves differently and with different inequality related outcomes in the two countries. However, differential national conceptions of women’s citizenship, as real as they may be, do not alone suffice to explain the observed differences. It is neither enough to explain the divergences by the attributes of individual street-level bureaucrats. A careful analysis the local institutional context and ordinary practices of integration is necessary for understanding why these policies (re)produce inequalities through different kind of boundary-work. The comparative case study shows that inequalities are produced more strongly along ethnic boundaries in France and through the contraction of the gender boundaries in Finland that participate in practice in defining the category of deserving citizens.


Gender Immigration Integration Local policies Comparison 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.École des hautes études en sciences socialesCentre Maurice HalbwachsParisFrance

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