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Advocacy strategies to defend France's "sans-papiers:" contradictions and complexities

Hong, Amy (2014) Advocacy strategies to defend France's "sans-papiers:" contradictions and complexities. International Journal of Human Rights, 18 (1). pp. 20-44. ISSN 1364-2987

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13642987.2013.862617


In the past decade, a number of events in France – from the banlieues riots in 2005 to 2011's burqa ban and the dismantlement of Roma camps by both Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande – have propelled debates around immigration, integration and citizenship to the forefront of French politics. At the intersection of these debates are France's undocumented migrants, known as sans-papiers. This article examines five French organisations' advocacy strategies to defend the rights of sans-papiers. Drawing from interviews with members of the organisations and an analysis of various advocacy materials (reports, petitions, videos, posters, etc.), the article identifies those representations of sans-papiers that appear most prominently in the organisations' communications. Furthermore, it aims to explore the tensions between these representations and those values that are not only propounded by the organisations themselves, but are thought to animate human rights more broadly. In light of these tensions, the article considers the complexity and limited feasibility of ‘doing’ rights in a way that upholds certain values considered central to the human rights framework, particularly equality.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2014 11:19
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:49
Funders: London School of Economics and Political Science

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