Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation

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Indiana University Press, 2004 - Social Science - 284 pages
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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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Historical sociology at its most convincing. Clear picture of how Algeria and France have shaped, and continue to shape, the identity of each other. Incredible picture of Algerian society in France over the last 30 years. Read full review

Review: Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation

User Review  - Goodreads

Historical sociology at its most convincing. Clear picture of how Algeria and France have shaped, and continue to shape, the identity of each other. Incredible picture of Algerian society in France over the last 30 years. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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Immigration Politics in the New Europe
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Colonization and the Production of Ethnicity
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Copyright

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About the author (2004)

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

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