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Title: Elective affinities between racism and immigrant integration policies: a dialogue between two studies carried out across the European Union and Spain
Authors: Sebastiani, Luca 
Martín-Godoy, Paula
Keywords: Immigrant integration; Racism; Racialisation; European Union; Spain; Andalusia
Issue Date: 13-Oct-2020
Publisher: Routledge
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/725402/EU/The politics of anti-racism in Europe and Latin America: knowledge production, decision-making and collective struggles 
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/612617/EU/Multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a comparative perspective: EU-Latin America 
Serial title, monograph or event: Identities
Abstract: In this paper, we problematise the relationship between racism and immigrant integration policies. First, we approach racism from its geopolitical/institutional/governmental logic and contextualise the emergence of integration policies across the European Union. Then, we put into dialogue the fieldwork materials of our research projects, analysing intersections between the EU and Spanish integration policy frameworks. Despite the inclusive and proactive rhetoric often expressed by integration policies, we illustrate the existence of an ‘elective affinity’ between racism and integration by focusing on: (1) the construction of migrants as a problematic ‘object’ of governmental intervention; (2) the reduction of racism to an individual pathology and the underestimation of its institutional/structural dimensions; (3) the reproduction of epistemic racism through the discourse on European (and national) values.
ISSN: 1070-289X
DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2020.1831780
Rights: embargoedAccess
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