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Ethnography of a political ritual: speeches given to new Swiss citizens by representatives of the state

Published inCitizenship studies, vol. 19, no. 3-4, p. 233-247
Publication date2015
Abstract

Our paper examines speeches given at citizenship ceremonies in Geneva (Switzerland) in order to understand what makes a foreigner a new member of a national and especially of a cantonal entity. Focusing on speeches by three ministers over an interval of 4 years, we analyze their conceptions of the state, the nation, and of nationality, and the kind of change – if any – this rite of passage acknowledges. We observed that the variations that appeared, ranging from an assimilationist view to a conception of citizenship mainly encompassing rights and duties, reached beyond the political positions of the magistrates who wrote and read the speeches. We aim to show that official discourse covers a broad range of conceptions of the state and of citizenship, independently of the political position of the state representative making the speech.

Keywords
  • Citoyenneté
  • Naturalisation
  • Genève
  • Etrangers
  • Cérémonie
  • Citizenship
  • Naturalization
  • Discours
  • Speech
  • Rituel
  • Rituals
Funding
  • Autre - Fonds stratégique de développement HES-SO, Projet Ra&D CEDIC 09-12 SAGE-X 32935
Citation (ISO format)
OSSIPOW, Laurence, FELDER, Maxime. Ethnography of a political ritual: speeches given to new Swiss citizens by representatives of the state. In: Citizenship studies, 2015, vol. 19, n° 3-4, p. 233–247. doi: 10.1080/13621025.2015.1006175
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ISSN of the journal1362-1025
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