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Ethno-cultural diversity and the limits of the inclusive nation

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posted on 09.07.2018 by Marco Antonsich, Enza Roberta Petrillo
Migration is often said, in the public discourse, to pose a threat to the nation. Yet, Western societies are undergoing an irreversible demographic change spurred in great part by international migration. Thus, the question about how to reconcile nation and diversity remains of crucial importance for many countries. By focusing on the case of Italy, the article attends to this issue, by exploring the response of leftist political parties. We analyse parliamentary debates and laws related to immigration and integration issues (1986-2014), focusing specifically on the TurcoNapolitano Law (1998), possibly the most progressive legislative attempt at incorporating migrants into the Italian nation. Our analysis shows a clear incongruence between the pluralist rhetoric of the political left and its legislative acts on migrants’ national incorporation. This finding is used to reflect on the limits and possibilities of the very idea of inclusive nation in the age of migration.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

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Identities

Volume

26

Issue

6

Pages

706-724

Citation

ANTONSICH, M. and PETRILLO, E.R., 2018. Ethno-cultural diversity and the limits of the inclusive nation. Identities, 26(6), pp. 706-724.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Identities on 30 Jul 2018, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2018.1494968

Acceptance date

27/06/2018

Publication date

2018-07-30

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1070-289X

eISSN

1547-3384

Language

en

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