APPEL A COMMUNICATIONS : IMISCOE 2019 Conference, panel “Revisiting integration studies: concepts, methods and debates on immigrant integration”, 26-28 juin 2019, Malmö — LIMITE : 29/11/2018


  • Géraldine Bozec (URMIS)
  • Christian Rinaudo (URMIS)


  • Malmö University

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  • Date limites de soumission : 29/11/2018
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‘Integration’ and ‘assimilation’ are key notions in social science studies that focus on the
way in which immigrants and immigrant-origin groups adapt and participate in receiving
societies. However, their meaning, relevance and implications have been discussed
extensively. The conflation between these concepts and the categories used in social and
policy discourses and practices, as well as the assimilationist and essentialist biases that may
operate implicitly behind some academic work on integration have been emphasized. There
has been a debate about the definition of the ‘mainstream’, the ‘majority culture’ or the
‘segment’ in which immigrants are meant to integrate into. Much of the critique has
concerned the ethnic focus of integration research, and the methodological nationalism it is
often based upon. Over the last years, the concept of ‘super-diversity’ has been presented
as an alternative theoretical framework and has gained much academic recognition in
Europe. Yet it has also been criticized for lacking precision and for overlooking the
maintenance of strong ethno-racial boundaries in Western societies. While the need for
using multidimensional lens instead of ethnic ones mainly, and for taking into account
hyper-mobile populations and transnational links in a context of ‘new’ migration, is
generally admitted, there is still much work to do to clarify and improve the concepts and
methods used to analyze integration processes. Our panel will question these issues in the
European context, where ‘integration’ is the most common storyline, including in EU
policies, while also making a connection with the U.S. debates. It aims to clarify and to go
further in the critical reflection on integration processes by comparing different disciplinary
perspectives and different geographical settings. We welcome papers that propose new
theoretical approaches, or draw on empirical studies to suggest new conceptualizations of
integration issues.