Marc Helbling

Marc Helbling
Marc Helbling is a full professor of political sociology at the University of Bamberg and head of the Emmy Noether Research Group on Comparative Integration Policy at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin. His research on immigration and citizenship policies, nationalism, xenophobia/Islamophobia, as well as right-wing populism has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Political Science Research and Methods, and Social Forces, amongst others.

“Ivan S., rapist, soon to be Swiss” or when male migrants are pictured as a sexual danger

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Migration, sexual violence and political parties A few years ago, streets in Switzerland were plastered with a poster displaying Ivan — a bulky male migrant convicted of rape — as being on the verge of obtaining Swiss citizenship. The people behind this widely debated poster were mostly from the Swiss ...

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Religious Threat and the Re-re-thinking of Secularism: Why Citizens Fear Muslim Immigration

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With terrorist attacks by Islamist groups, the recent refugee crisis or the continuing rise of rightwing populist parties filling the headlines, it is obvious that political conflict over Muslim immigration has advanced to a central challenge in almost all European democracies. Overcoming this challenge requires, at least in part, that ...

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