“European States and their Muslim Citizens: The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries” (Bowen et al., eds.)

Next month, Cambridge will publish European States and their Muslim Citizens: 9781107038646The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries, edited by John R. Bowen (Washington University, St. Louis), Christophe Bertossi (French Institute of International Relations), Jan Willem Duyvendak (University of Amsterdam), and Mona Lena Krook (Washington University, St. Louis). The publisher’s description follows.

This book responds to the often loud debates about the place of Muslims in Western Europe by proposing an analysis based in institutions, including schools, courts, hospitals, the military, electoral politics, the labor market, and civic education courses. The contributors consider the way people draw on practical schemas regarding others in their midst who are often categorized as Muslims. Chapters based on fieldwork and policy analysis across several countries examine how people interact in their everyday work lives, where they construct moral boundaries, and how they formulate policies concerning tolerable diversity, immigration, discrimination, and political representation. Rather than assuming that each country has its own national ideology that explains such interactions, contributors trace diverse pathways along which institutions complicate or disrupt allegedly consistent national ideologies. These studies shed light on how Muslims encounter particular faces and facets of the state as they go about their lives, seeking help and legitimacy as new citizens of a fast-changing Europe.

    • Considers the most important institutions in a number of countries: schools, hospitals, the army, courts related to their Muslim citizens
    • Explains how policies about tolerable diversity, immigration, and discrimination are created and applied
    • Combines contrasts across institutions with contrasts across major countries, including France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Norway, and The Netherlands

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