The Colonial Legacy In France: Fracture, Rupture, And Apartheid

Hardcover | May 17, 2017

EditorNicolas Bancel, Pascal Blanchard, Dominic Thomas

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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, Françoise Vergès, Alec Hargreaves,Elsa Dorlin,and Alain Mabanckou, among others.

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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 exacerb...

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. Letessie...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:536 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 17, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: A Decade of Postcolonial Crisis: Fracture, Rupture and Apartheid (2005-2015) / Nicolas Bancel,Pascal Blanchard, and Dominic Thomas

Part I. Colonial Fracture / 2005

1.1 The Emergence of the Colonial

1. The Republican Origins of the Colonial Fracture / Nicolas Bancel and Pascal Blanchard
2. When a (War) Memory Hides another (Colonial) / Benjamin Stora
3. A Difficult History: A Brief History of the Colonial and the Postcolonial Situation / Nicolas Bancel
4. Reducing the Republic's Native to the Body / NaciraGuénif-Souilamas
5. Colonization and Immigration: "Blind Spots" in the History Classroom / Sandrine Lemaire
6. Memory Wars: A Study of the Intersection between History and Media / Pascal Blanchard and Isabelle Veyrat-Masson

1.2 The Return of the Colonial

7. The Enemy Within: The Construction of the "Arab" in the Media / Thomas Deltombe and Mathieu Rigouste
8. Islam and the Republic: A Long, Uneasy History / AnnaBozzo
9. The Republic, Colonization. And Beyond. / MichelWieviorka
10. Colonial Natives and Indigents: from the Colonial "Civilizing Mission" to Humanitarian Action / RonyBrauman
11. The Banlieues as a Colonial Theater, or the Colonial Fracture in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods / DidierLapeyronnie
12. The Pitfalls of Colonial Memory / Nicolas Bancel and Pascal Blanchard
13. Overseas France: A Vestige of the Republican Colonial Utopia? / Françoise Vergès

Part II. Postcolonial Ruptures / 2010

2.1 Debating the Colonial Legacy

14. Rethinking Politics in the French Overseas Departments / JackyDahomay
15. "Race," Ethnicization, and Discrimination: Is History Repeating Itself or Is this a Postcolonial Peculiarity? / Patrick Simon
16. From the Empire to the Republic: "French Islam" / Valérie Amiraux
17. Immigration: From Métèques to Foreigners / Yvan Gastaut
18. Inequality Between Humans: From "Race Wars" to "Cultural Hierarchy / Pascal Blanchard

2.2 Postcolonial and Critical Gazes

19. The Postcolonial Challenges of Teaching History: Between History and Memory / Benoît Falaize
20. Postcolonial Studies in French Academia / Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch
21. From Slavery to the Postcolonial / Patrick Weil
22. The Great Strip Show: Feminism, Nationalism, and the Burqa in France / ElsaDorlin
23. From the Red Peril to the Green Peril: The New Enemy Within / Renaud Dély

Part III. Apartheid and the War of Identities in France / 2015

3.1 The end of the"French model"?

24. From the Dakar Speech to the Taubira Affair / Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia
25. Could Islamophobia be the Start of a New Identy-Based Bond in France? / RachidBenzine
26. The Black Question and the Exhibit B Controversy / Alain Mabanckou and Dominic Thomas
27. Cultural Orientalization or Political Occidentalism? / Nicolas Lebourg
28. Faces of the National Front (1972-2015) / Sylvain Crépon
29. Infiltration of Liquid Populism / Raphaël Liogier

3.2 Rejet de l'autre, radicalisation identitaire, impensé colonial

30. Nanoracism and the Force of Emptiness / AchilleMbembe
31. Antiracism: A Failed Fight or the End of an Era? / Emmanuel Debono
32. Closing Borders Against Fear: Europe's Response to the 2015 "Migration Crisis" / Claire Rodier
33. Toward a Real History of French Colonialism / Alain Ruscio
34. Is a Colonial History Museum Politically Impossible? / Nicolas Bancel and Pascal Blanchard
35. After Charlie: A New Era or Unfinished Business?/ Alec Hargreaves

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Editorial Reviews

"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