Sarah Perret

Sarah Perret

Political scientist and International Relations specialist

École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Research Associate, LabToP-CRESPPA, Paris, France

 

Before becoming a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair in Geopolitics of Risk at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and an associate lecturer at Sciences Po Paris on "Violence and Responsibility", Sarah Perret received her doctorate in political science and international relations at the University of Paris-Saclay.

 

Her current research focuses on questions of nationality in anti-terrorism policies implemented in France and the United States since the 2000s, and she co-organizes with Pr. J. Peter Burgess a multidisciplinary seminar dedicated to "Technologies and Uncertainties".

 

In her PhD dissertation, Sarah Perret compared the security implementation ("securitization") of legislative changes in naturalization processes in Germany, the United States, and France. 

 

Sarah Perret has also been a visiting researcher at Georgetown University's BMW Center for German and European Studies and has taught at University of Paris-Saclay, Paris 2 Assas University, and Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis University.

 

In parallel, she has been parliamentary and ministerial advisor (when she set up the COSPRAD), and consultant for the World Bank.

 

Contact:

sarah.caroline.perret@ens.fr

Publications

Scientific article
Sarah Perret
L’écrit comme pratique de sécuritisation : analyse des évolutions législatives sur la nationalité française: analyse des évolutions législatives sur la nationalité française

Cet article analyse le rôle de l’écrit législatif dans le processus de « sécuritisation » identitaire en France, en étudiant spécifiquement les évolutions législatives en matière de nationalité depuis la loi de 2003 « relative à la maîtrise de l’immigration, au séjour des étrangers en France et à la nationalité ». Il démontre que la loi, à travers sa dimension écrite et son cadre étatique légitimateur, agit aussi bien au commencement de la sécuritisation que dans sa finalisation. L’étude de la situation d’énonciation législative du corpus des quatre lois ayant fait évoluer les droits et les conditions d’accès à la nationalité française (2003, 2006, 2007, 2011) révèle que la sécuritisation opère un processus de légitimation à partir de mécanismes analogues au concept de « violence symbolique » de Pierre Bourdieu, c’est-à-dire à travers des actes d’énonciation sécuritisants non reconnus comme tels par l’audience.

This article analyzes the role legislative texts play in the identity process in France by examining the evolution of French nationality legislation since the passage of the 2003 law on immigration control, the residence of foreign nationals in France, and nationality. It shows that legislation, through its written dimension and the legitimizing framework of the state, has played a role both in instigating and finalizing the securitization process. Our examination of the situation in which the four laws amending the rights and conditions of French citizenship (2001, 2006, 2007, 2011) were enunciated reveals that securitization operates using mechanisms similar to Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of “symbolic violence,” i.e., by enouncing securitization acts that are not recognized as such by the audience and that consequently legitimize the securitization process.

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