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Africa and France

Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism

Dominic Thomas

Publication Year: 2013

This stimulating and insightful book reveals how increased control over immigration has changed cultural and social production in theater, literature, and even museum construction. Dominic Thomas's analysis unravels the complex cultural and political realities of long-standing mobility between Africa and Europe. Thomas questions the attempt to place strict limits on what it means to be French or European and offers a sense of what must happen to bring about a renewed sense of integration and global Frenchness.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: African Expressive Cultures


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-9


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pp. ix-11


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pp. xi-15

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Introduction: France and the New World Order

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pp. 1-13

On November 21, 2009, the front page of the French daily newspaper Le Monde included an entry—“Albert Camus au Panthéon?” (Albert Camus at the Pantheon?)— by the well-known political cartoonist Plantu. This image highlighted the complexity...

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1. Museology and Globalization: The Quai Branly Museum

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pp. 14-41

The history of European nation-building and identity formation is inextricably connected with complex display practices in which the lines of demarcation between human and material entities have become indistinct, yielding as a consequence an apparatus of signifiers relating to objectivity...

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2. Object/Subject Migration: The National Center for the History of Immigration

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pp. 42-58

Constructed for the International Colonial Exhibition of 1931, the Palais de la Porte Dorée has been the home of the National Center for the History of Immigration (CNHI, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration) since it opened in October...

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3. Sarkozy’s Law: National Identity and the Institutionalization of Xenophobia

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pp. 59-88

As I embark upon this chapter, I am reminded of the importance of taking into consideration a broad range of comparative examples. Whether or not one agrees with the effectiveness of such mechanisms as...

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4 Africa, France, and Eurafrica in the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 89-105

On February 23, 2011, a group of French diplomats, calling themselves the Marly collective (after the Paris café at which they had gathered), published an anonymous statement in Le Monde newspaper in which they lamented the loss of French geopolitical...

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5. From mirage to image: Contest(ed)ing Space in Diasporic Films (1955–2011)

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pp. 106-138

The symbiotic ties linking Africa and France are incontrovertible facts of history. The French presence in Africa has received extensive scrutiny, yet more recently attention has shifted toward those populations of African descent (usually former colonial...

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6. The “Marie NDiaye Affair,” or the Coming of a Postcolonial évoluée

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pp. 139-155

The awarding of the Prix Goncourt to Marie NDiaye on November 2, 2009, for her novel Trois femmes puissantes (Three Strong Women) may at first sight appear to have brought further confirmation of the “Copernican revolution,” which, according...

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7. The Euro-Mediterranean: Literature and Migration

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pp. 156-168

Economic, political, and social asymmetries account for transitions in migratory patterns within countries and continents and beyond strict national/ continental borders. This has been convincingly demonstrated by migratory movements triggered...

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8. Into the European “Jungle”: Migration and Grammar in the New Europe

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pp. 169-187

In the first caption to her 2008 volume Aya de Yopougon, Ivorian comic book author Marguerite Abouet offers an ironic statement on the trials and tribulations awaiting new arrivals in France: “We are about to land in Paris’ Roissy- Charles-de-Gaulle...

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9. Documenting the Periphery: The French Banlieues in Words and Film

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pp. 188-214

Thus far, the focus has been provided by various incarnations of official discourse pertaining to outsiders, including asylum seekers, illegals, irregulars, and refugees. In this chapter, we turn our attention to another facet of the immigration question...

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10. Decolonizing France: National Literatures, World Literature, and World Identities

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pp. 215-230

The field of Francophone studies has allowed for the improved contextualization of the colonial and postcolonial era in France while also broadening the reception of creative and critical works produced by hexagonal and nonhexagonal...


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pp. 231-275


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pp. 277-312


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pp. 313-329

E-ISBN-13: 9780253007032
E-ISBN-10: 0253007038
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253006691

Page Count: 344
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: African Expressive Cultures
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OCLC Number: 830512183
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  • Multiculturalism -- France.
  • France -- Race relations.
  • National characteristics, French.
  • France -- Emigration and immigration -- Africa.
  • Postcolonialism -- France.
  • Africa -- Emigration and immigration -- France.
  • Racism -- France.
  • Africans -- Cultural assimilation -- France.
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