Since the banlieue riots and the terrorist attacks, migrant parents and their children have found themselves at the center of political and societal worries in France. How do migrant parents and professionals working with them in Paris negotiate what is 'good parenting' in this context?


Paris is committed to providing spaces for parents to share their experiences or to voluntarily seek advice. Migrant parents may attract a different attention. In political debates, they are often seen as too disconnected from schools and other institutions. Paris is also a city of many inequalities that affect its populations. Anick Vollebergh asks how professionals in the domain of parenting interpret and accommodate different ways of parenting in such a political context. How do they seek to stimulate parents to participate in institutions and in neighborhood life and how do they decide which parents need such guidance?
Soukaina Chakkour, on the other hand, investigates what ideas about parenting Egyptian migrant parents encounter when they meet professionals, other parents and teachers. How do these encounters affect how they feel about their place in French society?

Anick Vollebergh

Anick Vollebergh is Postdoctoral researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University. She was trained as an anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD dissertation (UvA, 2016) traces the affective politics mobilized by the notion of 'living together' in two diverse neighborhoods in Antwerp, Belgium. Her work deals with the intersection of culturalist and secularist politics, urban governance, the rise of the populist right, and (pious) Judaism in postcolonial Europe. In the ReEu project, she investigates how professionals in the domain of parenting in Paris craft notions and practices of 'good parenting' as they engage with their diversifying clientele and current political anxieties.

Soukaina Chakkour

Soukaina Chakkour is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University. As a researcher in the “Reproducing Europe” project, she examines how everyday citizenship is negotiated among Egyptian migrants in Paris. Soukaina holds a BA in International studies from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and a double Masters in Gender Studies from Lodz University, Poland and Utrecht University, the Netherlands.