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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Note on Translation and Transliteration
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1 Immigration Politics in the New Europe
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 2 Colonization and the Production of Ethnicity
  2. pp. 35-75
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  1. 3 Spatializing Practices: Migration, Domesticity, Urban Planning
  2. pp. 76-120
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  1. 4 Islam, Bodily Practice, and Social Reproduction
  2. pp. 121-150
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  1. 5 The Generation of Generations: Beur Identity and Political Agency
  2. pp. 151-183
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  1. 6 Beur Writing and Historical Consciousness
  2. pp. 184-212
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  1. 7 Transnational Social Formations in the New Europe
  2. pp. 213-236
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 237-246
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-284
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