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Title: The elective affinities between racism and immigrant integration. A dialogue between two research studies carried out in the European Union and Spain
Authors: Sebastiani, Luca 
Martín Godoy, Paula
Keywords: Immigrant integration; Racism; Racialisation; European Union; Spain; Andalusia
Issue Date: 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: Globals Studies in Culture and Power
Abstract: In this paper, we problematise the relationship between racism and immigrant integration policies. First, we approach racism from its institutional, governmental and trans-scalar functioning logic. Then, drawing on the fieldwork materials of our respective investigations (carried out at the EU level and in Spain), we argue the existence of an ‘elective affinity’ between racism and integration, despite the apparently inclusive and proactive rethoric entailed by integration policies. With this aim, we focus on three specific issues: (1) the construction of the migrants (and the racialised Others) as an object of intervention/knowledge, (2) the downplaying of racism, reduced to an individual pathology which is considered to be incompatible with Western democracy and free market, (3) the reproduction of epistemic racism through the discourse on European (and national) values. By discussing the power/knowledge relations fostered by the hegemonic problematisation of integration, we propose to approach it as a ‘suspicious category’.
Description: This is the pre-print version of the paper: Sebastiani, Luca; Martín-Godoy, Paula (2020) “Elective affinities between racism and immigrant integration policies: a dialogue between two studies carried out across the European Union and Spain”. Identities: Globals Studies in Culture and Power.
ISSN: 1070-289X
DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2020.1831780
Rights: openAccess
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