Naturalization, ethnicity and national identity in France between the wars.
Immigrants and Minorities, 20(3) pp. 1–24.
This article considers French conceptions of the their own and other national identities via the prism of naturalization - the concession of citizenship. Analysis shows that the insecurity of French national identity between the wars coloured the whole naturalization process. While a fear of population decline and military weakness forced officials towards the incorporation of immigrants, concerns over the contamination of the French nation by 'undesirables' led many others to advocate exclusion.
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