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African immigrant perceptions of their identity and place in French society

Author(s) Winstead, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This phenomenological study examines the perceptions of African immigrants in terms of their life experiences adjusting to French society, the French schooling system, and the labour market. This paper focuses on the following two themes: immigrant exclusion and identity, and the reproduction of inequitable schooling practices (for example, tracking into vocational routes, lack of access to higher education strata). The findings reveal that African immigrants are generally tracked into vocational routes and those who do enter higher education have little ability to enter and progress in a system that is based on name and origin.

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