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dr. Riva Kastoryano

dr. Riva Kastoryano

Political sociology researcher on Europe, nationalism, identities and communities.
Languages : English, French

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  • Administration, Governance & Politics
    • Europe
    • Politics
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    • Development Policy
    • Multiculturalism
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  • Transnationalism
  • European identities
  • Religion and nations
  • Comparative politics in a political sociology perspective

Riva Kastoryano is a researcher at Sciences PO and a former Harvard lecturer and is specialized in political sociology with the focus on Europe, nationalism, identities and communities. Riva Kastoryano received an Ph.D. in sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). She lectured at Harvard (Department of Social Studies) from 1984 to 1987 and has been teaching at Sciences Po since 1988. Before Sciences Po she was a former research fellow at the Princeton

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Riva Kastoryano is a researcher at Sciences PO and a former Harvard lecturer and is specialized in political sociology with the focus on Europe, nationalism, identities and communities.

Riva Kastoryano received an Ph.D. in sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). She lectured at Harvard (Department of Social Studies) from 1984 to 1987 and has been teaching at Sciences Po since 1988. Before Sciences Po she was a former research fellow at the Princeton University Institute for Advanced Studies (1997), at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (1998), and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard (2003-2004).

Since 2005 she is also a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research in New York.

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Negotiating Identities

Title:
 
Negotiating Identities
Subtitle:
 
States and Immigrants in France and Germany
Author:
 
Riva Kastoryano
Publisher:
 
Princeton University Press
Book:
 
Paperback, 248 pages
ISBN:
 
978-06-910-1015-1

Immigration is even more hotly debated in Europe than in the United States. In this pivotal work of action and discourse analysis, Riva Kastoryano draws on extensive fieldwork — including interviews with politicians, immigrant leaders, and militants — to analyze interactions between states and immigrants in France and Germany. Making frequent comparisons to the United States, she delineates the role of states in constructing group identities and measures the impact of immigrant organization and mobilization on national identity.

Kastoryano argues that states contribute directly and indirectly to the elaboration of immigrants' identity, in part by articulating the grounds on which their groups are granted legitimacy. Conversely, immigrant organizations demanding recognition often redefine national identity by reinforcing or modifying traditional sentiments. They use culture — national references in Germany and religion in France — to negotiate new political identities in ways that alter state composition and lead the state to negotiate its identity as well.

Despite their different histories, Kastoryano finds that Germany, France, and the United States are converging in their policies toward immigration control and integration. All three have adopted similar tactics and made similar institutional adjustments in their efforts to reconcile differences while tending national integrity.

The author builds her observations into a model of 'negotiations of identities' useful to a broad cross-section of social scientists and policy specialists. She extends her analysis to consider how the European Union and transnational networks affect identities still negotiated at the national level. The result is a forward-thinking book that illuminates immigration from a new angle.