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Resources for Students: What to Expect

Race and Ethnicity

How racial and ethnic identities are defined and understood vary by culture. In France, you may be identified with existing cultural or ethnic groups, or you may be considered as an American first, and your ethnic or racial identity will be secondary. You may have to think about your identity in a new way in light of French norms and expectations, in ways that other students with different backgrounds may not. Researching France in advance can provide a better understanding of potential attitudes towards race and ethnicity in general and your own identities specifically.

Here are some questions to consider before you come to Talloires:

  • Where do people of my race/ethnicity fit into French society?
  • Am I likely to be a target of racism/classism, or am I going to be treated the same way in France as I am at home?
  • What are French cultural norms?
  • Are there religious/cultural institutions or rituals that the French adhere to?
  • What is the history of ethnic or racial tension in France?
  • Is the situation currently hostile to members of a minority race, majority race, or particular ethnicity or religion?
  • Are issues of racism/ethnic discrimination influenced by immigration in France?
  • How do politicized immigration concerns fuel racial tensions?
  • What is the character of immigrant communities?
  • Are there laws in France governing race relations? Ethnic relations? What protections are offered to ethnic or racial minorities?

While these links are not necessarily specific to Talloires or France, they will provide additional insight and additional resources. We highly encourage you to check them out, as well as other resources that are available on the internet.




Adapted from Northwestern University and Brown University.