Issues in the French Speaking World

Issues in the French Speaking World

by Michael Kline, Nancy Mellerski
     
 

ISBN-10: 031332154X

ISBN-13: 9780313321542

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The French today contend with national history and identity and the tensions brought on by changes such as immigration, European integration, and postcolonialism. This book encapsulates 11 major issues for students of French language and culture, providing an informed platform for critical thinking and engaging discussion. The topics, including the trial of Maurice

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The French today contend with national history and identity and the tensions brought on by changes such as immigration, European integration, and postcolonialism. This book encapsulates 11 major issues for students of French language and culture, providing an informed platform for critical thinking and engaging discussion. The topics, including the trial of Maurice Papon, the Headscarf Affair, José Bové and McDonald's, Quebec separatism, and the democratization movement in the Ivory Coast, are overviewed in individual chapters. Pro and con positions on the issues are then presented so that students can debate the points. Helpful French vocabulary, questions and activities, and a resource guide accompany each issue to round out the unit.

The authors are careful to tie in the French issues to American society and culture. Comparisons are probed so that students will broaden their understanding not only of French-speaking societies but also their own society and history as well. Written in a dramatic style, the unique approach of this content-rich resource is sure to bring new energy to the study of French culture, language, and history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313321542
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

History and Memory

Jeanne D'Arc: The National Hero

The Trial of Maurice Papon: Holding France Accountable

The Aussaresses Revelations: A Tortured Memory

Competing Voices

Regional Languages in France: The Return of the Repressed?

The Headscarf Affair: Multiculturalism in Debate

The Power of Language and Culture in Quebec

The Ghost of France in the Construction of Post-Colonial Identities

Equality

The Parity Law of 2000: Aux armes, Citoyennes!

Affirmative Action at Sciences Po: Leveling the Playing Field

Globalization

French Cinema and the "Cultural Exception": Holding Off Hollywood

Trouble Down on the Farm: Big Mac Attack

Index

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