VOICING A SYSTEMIC MARGIN: MIGRANT INTEGRATION AND ONLINE ADVOCACY IN FRANCE Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Jackson, Derek
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • This study aims to investigate how the concept ‘integration’ is perceived by migrant activists online. I ask migrant activists in France, a case of exceptional integration controversy, how they conceptualize and present integration discourse online through social media channels, transnational networks that often amplify ideological extremes. How do these activists define integration? What are their projected solutions to difficulties with integration? Equally, are these online self- representations strategic? Methods consist of written interviews with a panel of six migrant activists in France, operating across social media. Data from interviews is juxtaposed against the observation of public postings. They suggest that social media activism engages reactively and emotionally with a transnational community on political topics. Discussions engage social, cultural, and economic integration dimensions. Within them, integration is framed as both ‘acceptance’ and ‘access’, expressing a specific need for the sharing of useful information and resources for migrants, who are often uninformed.
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  • Vachudová, Milada Anna
  • Maxwell, Rahsaan
  • Hooghe, Liesbet
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018
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