Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity and Activism in Urban France

Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity and Activism in Urban France

by David Beriss
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813342546

ISBN-13: 9780813342542

Pub. Date: 08/04/2004

Publisher: Westview Press


About 337,000 people of French Antillean Origin live in metropolitan France today. Unlike immigrants from North Africa, Turkey or sub-Saharan Africa, Antilleans are French citizens with deep roots in French history. Indeed, the Caribbean Islands they come from have been a part of France for over three centuries. Antilleans were for many years an invisible

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About 337,000 people of French Antillean Origin live in metropolitan France today. Unlike immigrants from North Africa, Turkey or sub-Saharan Africa, Antilleans are French citizens with deep roots in French history. Indeed, the Caribbean Islands they come from have been a part of France for over three centuries. Antilleans were for many years an invisible population, dispersed throughout the Paris region, with few community organizations and little political activism. Beginning in the early 1980s, however, activists in the Antillean community began to recognize that their status as citizens would not protect them from the growth of racism in France. From neighborhood groups interested in promoting traditional Martinican and Guadeloupan dance and music to politically charged associations, these new cultural militants denounced French colonialism, challenged racism, and demanded political representation. Black Skins, French Voices is situated at the intersection of changing French ideas and policies regarding ethnic diversity and Antillean demands for recognition. It shows the creative and exciting struggles of Antilleans to remake French culture on their own terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813342542
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/04/2004
Series:
Westview Case Studies in Anthropology
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Series Editor Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Finding Creole Identities in Martinique and Paris     1
What is the Price of Frenchness?     25
Betrayed Antilles, Broken French Promises     51
Boudin, Rhum, and Zouk: Performance and Cultural Confrontation     73
Can Magic Fix a Broken Culture?     89
In This World, But Not of It     105
Conclusion: Creolizing France     123
Glossary     135
References     139
Index     149

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