The Colonial Legacy in France

The Colonial Legacy in France : Fracture, Rupture, and Apartheid

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Debates about the legacy of colonialism in France are not new, but they have taken on new urgency in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Responding to acts of religious and racial violence in 2005, 2010, and 2015 and beyond, the essays in this volume pit French ideals against government-sponsored revisionist decrees that have exacerbated tensions, complicated the process of establishing and recording national memory, and triggered divisive debates on what it means to identify as French. As they document the checkered legacy of French colonialism, the contributors raise questions about France and the contemporary role of Islam, the banlieues, immigration, race, history, pedagogy, and the future of the Republic. This innovative volume reconsiders the cultural, economic, political, and social realities facing global French citizens today and includes contributions by Achille Mbembe, Benjamin Stora, Francoise Verges, Alec Hargreaves,Elsa Dorlin,and Alain Mabanckou, among more

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  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 31.75mm | 56g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253026253
  • 9780253026255
  • 138,458

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The contributors to this book raise the following questions: Is there such a thing as a colonial facture? Can France overcome this identity crisis? What we have is a society that remains uncertain when it comes to its future, precisely because it has been ubale to reckon with its past. * Zurban * This book brings together a vast array of scholars around the question of colonial fracture. Ignoring this past has only served to further exacerbate societal tensions. As the contributors underscore, facing this past head on will assist France in the process of understanding society today. * Altermondes * An intelligent, rich, carefully constructed, and thoughtful work that will prove all the more important at this time in history when the debate on colonialism occupies center stage, often at the service of political ends. This book is first and foremost an attempt to rethink the ways in which the French colonial project became integral to 19th century Republican discourse and the shape of today's reality. * Telerama *show more

About Nicolas Bancel

Nicolas Bancel is Professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, andcodirector of the ACHAC Research Group.Pascal Blanchard is a historian and researcher at the Laboratoire Communication et Politique (Paris, France, CNRS), codirector of the ACHAC Research Group, and a documentary filmmaker.Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Professor and Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA.Alexis Pernsteiner is a freelance editor and translator: Her translations include Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution (IUP).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: A Decade of Postcolonial Crisis: Fracture, Rupture and Apartheid (2005-2015) / Nicolas Bancel,Pascal Blanchard, and Dominic ThomasPart I. Colonial Fracture / 20051.1 The Emergence of the Colonial1. The Republican Origins of the Colonial Fracture / Nicolas Bancel and Pascal Blanchard2. When a (War) Memory Hides another (Colonial) / Benjamin Stora3. A Difficult History: A Brief History of the Colonial and the Postcolonial Situation / Nicolas Bancel4. Reducing the Republic's Native to the Body / NaciraGuenif-Souilamas5. Colonization and Immigration: "Blind Spots" in the History Classroom / Sandrine Lemaire6. Memory Wars: A Study of the Intersection between History and Media / Pascal Blanchard and Isabelle Veyrat-Masson 1.2 The Return of the Colonial7. The Enemy Within: The Construction of the "Arab" in the Media / Thomas Deltombe and Mathieu Rigouste8. Islam and the Republic: A Long, Uneasy History / AnnaBozzo9. The Republic, Colonization. And Beyond... / MichelWieviorka10. Colonial Natives and Indigents: from the Colonial "Civilizing Mission" to Humanitarian Action / RonyBrauman11. The Banlieues as a Colonial Theater, or the Colonial Fracture in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods / DidierLapeyronnie12. The Pitfalls of Colonial Memory / Nicolas Bancel and Pascal Blanchard13. Overseas France: A Vestige of the Republican Colonial Utopia? / Francoise VergesPart II. Postcolonial Ruptures / 20102.1 Debating the Colonial Legacy14. Rethinking Politics in the French Overseas Departments / JackyDahomay15. "Race," Ethnicization, and Discrimination: Is History Repeating Itself or Is this a Postcolonial Peculiarity? / Patrick Simon16. From the Empire to the Republic: "French Islam" / Valerie Amiraux17. Immigration: From Meteques to Foreigners / Yvan Gastaut18. Inequality Between Humans: From "Race Wars" to "Cultural Hierarchy / Pascal Blanchard2.2 Postshow more