Les usages sociaux de l’histoire de l’immigration : enquête auprès d’un cercle militant

Abstract : This paper examines the social use of immigration history in collective actions by agroup of French activists of North African origin. The analysis is based on a qualitative surveyconducted in the region of Nice (PACA). First, we look at the variety of in-group immigrationmemory repertoires which are resorted to as support for collective action, mobilisation andreaction issues, as well as a means of gaining public recognition. We move onto examining howthose memories and practices contribute to frame two divergent models of organisation andcollective action within the group, namely the ‘commando’ and ‘social club’ models. Across bothmodels, we find that actors converge on using immigration memory as an effective instrumentfor social change. On the one hand, common immigration memories provide group memberswith a number of consensual and unifying objects. On the other hand, however, exploring howthose particular objects are used in collective action reveals diverging strategies and conceptionsof expected social change.
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Gilles Frigoli, Christian Rinaudo. Les usages sociaux de l’histoire de l’immigration : enquête auprès d’un cercle militant. Revue Europeenne des Migrations Internationales, Cnrs, 2009, 25 (1), pp.137 - 161. ⟨halshs-01082626⟩

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