Youths of Maghrebine descent between municipal politics and lifeworld. A case study in the French suburb of Vaulx-en-Velin
In European metropolitan cities new low-class segments are generating, living in social and spatial segregation. Loch researches this setting in the banlieue of Lyon, in the case of segregated youth of North African descent. This ethnographically designed case study (explorative, qualitative, in the tradition of Max Weber, ´thick description´) of a sociologist shows that these marginalized neighborhoods are places of decay and violence, and it becomes apparent where the chances and limits of group solidarities, self-organization and political participation in these urban ´laboratories´ are. Loch discusses the ´cohesion of modern urban society´, Lyon as a city moving from industrial capitalism to post-Fordian segregation, the lifeworld of the young people of Vaulx-en-Velin, and structure and processes of urban policy and politics. The book includes 23 short biographies of young men and women interviewed, and an interview with one of them.
Keywords: youth in segregation, segregated youth, suburbia and segregation, banlieue and segregation, Islamization, integration programs, discrimination