Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation ( New Anthropoligies of Europe Series)

Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation ( New Anthropoligies of Europe Series)

by Paul A. Silverstein
     
 

Algerian migration to France began at the end of the 19th century, but in recent years France’s Algerian community has been the focus of a shifting public debate encompassing issues of unemployment, multiculturalism, Islam, and terrorism. In this finely crafted historical and anthropological study, Paul A. Silverstein examines a wide range of social and

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Algerian migration to France began at the end of the 19th century, but in recent years France’s Algerian community has been the focus of a shifting public debate encompassing issues of unemployment, multiculturalism, Islam, and terrorism. In this finely crafted historical and anthropological study, Paul A. Silverstein examines a wide range of social and cultural forms—from immigration policy, colonial governance, and urban planning to corporate advertising, sports, literary narratives, and songs—for what they reveal about postcolonial Algerian subjectivities. Investigating the connection between anti-immigrant racism and the rise of Islamist and Berberist ideologies among the "second generation" ("Beurs"), he argues that the appropriation of these cultural-political projects by Algerians in France represents a critique of notions of European or Mediterranean unity and elucidates the mechanisms by which the Algerian civil war has been transferred onto French soil.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253344519
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
New Anthropologies of Europe Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Silverstein is Professor of Anthropology at Reed College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Immigration Politics in the New Europe
2. Colonization and the Production of Ethnicity
3. Spatializing Practices: Migration, Domesticity, Urban Planning
4. Islam, Bodily Practice, and Social Reproduction
5. The Generation of Generations: Beur Identity and Political Agency
6. Beur Writing and Historical Consciousness
7. Transnational Social Formations in the New Europe
Conclusion

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