Frenchness and the African Diaspora: Identity and Uprising in Contemporary France

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Charles Tshimanga, Ch. Didier Gondola, Peter J. Bloom
Indiana University Press, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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In 2005, following the death of two youths of African origin, France erupted in a wave of violent protest. More than 10,000 automobiles were burned or stoned, hundreds of public buildings were vandalized or burned to the ground, and hundreds of people were injured. Charles Tshimanga, Didier Gondola, Peter J. Bloom, and a group of international scholars seek to understand the causes and consequences of these momentous events, while examining how the concept of Frenchness has been reshaped by the African diaspora in France and the colonial legacy.

 

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Contents

Examining Frenchness and the African Diaspora
3
Understanding the 2005 Riots
19
On the Fall 2005 Riots
21
On the Riots in the French Banlieues
47
Can France Reinvent Its Identity?
55
The Public Construction of Invisibility for Visible Minorities
70
Part 2 Colonization Citizenship and Containment
89
5 From Imperial Inclusion to Republican Exclusion? Frances Ambiguous Postwar Trajectory
91
Part 3 Visions and Tensions of Frenchness
185
The Ideological Premises and Social Effects of the March 15 2004 AntiHeadscarf Law
187
Portrait of the Artist as Political Avatar
205
The 2005 Uprisings and the Politics of Visibility
227
The African Diaspora Popular Culture and National Identity in Contemporary France
248
We Are the Natives of the Republic
277
Glossary
283
Bibliography
293

French Modern and the Deceptions of History
120
The Othering and Indigenization of Blacks and Beurs within the French Republic
146
The Uses Made of the Revival of Frances Colonial Grandeur
167
List of Contributors
319
Index
323
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Charles Tshimanga is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is author of Youth, Education, and Society in the Congo/Kinshasa, 1890-1960 (in French).

Didier Gondola is Associate Professor of African History and African American Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is author of The History of Congo.

Peter J. Bloom is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of French Colonial Documentary: Mythologies of Humanitarianism.

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