Book reviews Beuda Stéphane, 2018, La France des Belhoumi. Portraits de famille (1977-2017) [The Belhoumis’ France: Sibling portraits (1977–2017)], Paris, La Découverte, 352 p. Stéphane Beaud, professor of sociology at the University of Poitiers and member of the Group for Sociological Research on Contemporary Societies (Groupe de Recherches Sociologiques sur les Sociétés Contemporaines, or GRESCO), has written a detailed ethnographic study of outcomes in an Algerian family, the Belhoumis, who settled in France in 1977, moving into a social-housing estate in a small provincial city. Beaud looks at the experiences of the individuals who make up the Belhoumi sibling group to understand how integration works “in action”. This long-running study (2012–2107) analyses the trajectories of eight siblings (five girls and three boys) and the different socialization spaces they moved through. In direct contrast to misérabiliste analyses of working-class or disadvantaged groups (the composite classes populaires), Beaud emphasizes the various resources that the group drew on to gain footholds in the labour market and acquire respectability. His approach brings to light a process of upward social mobility together with divergent social outcomes within the sibling group by gender and age. To validate that approach, the author begins by studying the sisters’
Population, English edition – Institut national d'études démographiques
Published: Jul 12, 2019
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