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"Trade Unions, Islam and Immigration"

by De Wenden, Catherine Wihtol (1988)


The recent evolution of the relations between unionism and Muslim immigrants in the car industry reveals the visibility of Islam in traditional sectors of the French working class. It has progressively raised the question of the various forms of compatibility or not between Muslim practice and activity in unions. All types of attitudes have been observed in two surveys between forms of union involvement and religious behaviours. In the same way unions may adopt several forms of accommodation between their principle of secularity and the defence of working-class claims, when these encompass the recognition of Islam at work and the wish to negotiate the legitimacy of their common identity.

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Islamic Labour, Islam, Religion, Muslim, Islamic Economics, Islamic Studies, Trade Unions, Unionism, Immigration



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