When the “Victims of Racism” Mobilize

Ethnoracial Identifications in the Antiracist Struggle in France and in Germany
By Soline Laplanche-Servigne

Based on a comparative study carried out in France and Germany, this article explores the mobilisations of “victims of racism”. It shows how in the last two decades the « lived experience » of racism has became a pathway for asserting claims in antiracist struggles. Lived experience is expressed through ethnoracial identifications, which converts racialised bodies into a political ressource. This comparative study between France and Germany shines light upon nationally contextualised processes which aim to introduce racialised points of view in the field of the national antiracist struggle.

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