Benchmarking Muslim Well-being in Europe: Reducing Disparities and Polarizations

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Policy Press, 2012 - Social Science - 204 pages
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"This highly topical book aims to undermine unsubstantiated myths by examining Muslim integration in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, states which dominate the debate on minority integration and the practice of Muslim religious traditions. These nations have a range of alternative relationships between religion and the state, as well as strategies for coordinating individuals' ethnic and state identities. Using the European Parliament's benchmarking guidelines, surveys and other non-official data, the authors find that in some areas Muslims are in fact more integrated than popularly assumed and suggest that, instead of failing to integrate, Muslims find their access to integration blocked in ways that reduce their life chances in the societies in which they are now permanent residents. The book will have an impact on research and policy especially with the commencement of the EU-wide integration benchmarking effort and will be an excellent resource for researchers, academics and policy makers."--Publisher's website.
 

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Contents

Benchmarking the wellbeing of European Muslims
1
State involvement in Muslim wellbeing
27
European Muslims confidence in the justice system
61
support for democracy and trust in the political system
81
Muslims experiences of discrimination in public institutions
105
The general wellbeing of Muslims in Europe
121
Reducing disparities and polarizations in Europe
143
Appendix 1 ESS variables
169
Descriptives of variables from ALLBUS 2008
175
References
177
Index
197
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About the author (2012)

Pamela Irving Jackson is director of the Justice Studies Program and professor of sociology at Rhode Island College. Peter Doerschler is assistant professor of political science at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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