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Foreigners in Their Own Country

Identity and Rejection in France

Lawrence M. Martin

Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

248 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-088-6 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (October 2023)

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“My overall opinion of this book is very favorable … It is evidently a valuable ethnography of modern-day France, but the dynamics of French society resonate more widely.” • Paris Aslanidis, Yale University


Based on dozens of intensive interviews with people living in France who trace their origins to non-European countries, Foreigners in Their Own Country reports on the experience of being seen as different from those who are considered unquestionably “French” because of one’s physical appearance. Paying close attention to how people speak about themselves and their acceptance and rejection by others, this book provides an intimate account of the challenges faced by the millions of people in France—and throughout Western Europe—who fully participate in the life of their country but are often not seen as belonging there.

Lawrence M. Martin studied anthropology at Yale University and the University of Chicago. He practiced law before returning to anthropology in 2009. He has conducted fieldwork in Mali, Morocco, and France, and taught a course in ethnography at Yale. 

Subject: Political and Economic AnthropologyRefugee and Migration StudiesSociology
Area: France

Foreigners in Their Own Country by Lawrence M. Martin is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

OA ISBN: 978-1-80539-080-0


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