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How Neoliberalism Has Transformed French Symbolic Boundaries ?

Abstract : This essay considers changes in the symbolic boundaries of French society under the influence of neo-liberalism. As compared to the early nineties, stronger boundaries toward the poor and blacks are now being drawn, while North-African immigrants and their offsprings continue to be largely perceived as outside the community of those who deserve recognition and protection. Moreover, while the social reproduction of upper-middle-class privileges has largely remained unchanged, there is a blurring of the symbolic boundaries separating the middle and working class as the latter has undergone strong individualization. Also, youth are now bearing the brunt of France's non-adaptation to changes in the economy and are increasingly marginalized. The result is a dramatic change in the overall contours of the French symbolic community, with a narrowed definition of cultural membership, and this, against a background of growing inequality, unemployment, and intolerance in a more open and deregulated labor market.
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Nicolas Duvoux, Michèle Lamont. How Neoliberalism Has Transformed French Symbolic Boundaries ?. French Politics, Culture & Society, Berghahn, 2014, 34 (1), pp.57-75. ⟨hal-01505174⟩



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