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BLACK FRANCE African Expressive Cultures Patrick McNaughton, editor Associate editors Catherine M. Cole Barbara G. Hoffman Eileen Julien Kassim Koné D. A. Masolo Elisha Renne Zoë Strother BLACK FRANCE Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism DOMINIC THOMAS INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS Bloomington & Indianapolis This book is a publication of Indiana University Press 601 North Morton Street Bloomington, IN 47404-3797 USA Telephone orders 800-842-6796 Fax orders 812-855-7931 Orders by e-mail© 2007 by Dominic Thomas All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. The Association of American University Presses’ Resolution on Permissions constitutes the only exception to this prohibition. The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1984. Manufactured in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Thomas, Dominic Richard David. Black France : colonialism, immigration, and transnationalism / Dominic Thomas. p. cm. — (African expressive cultures) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-253-34821-8 (cloth : alk. paper) — ISBN 0-253-21881-0 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Blacks—France. 2. Blacks—Race identity—France 3. Blacks—France—Social conditions . 4. Africans—France. 5. France—Ethnic relations. 6. Multiculturalism—France. I. Title. DC34.5.B55T46 2007 305.896’044—dc22 2006027760 1 2 3 4 5 12 11 10 09 08 07 For Devereux and Erin People think immigrants are naked when they arrive in a new land at the end of their odyssey, yet migrants arrive layered with personal stories, and burdened with what passes for collective memory. Abdourahman A. Waberi, Transit (2003) Don’t immigrants have a history of their own? Do you cease to have a history when you move from one point of the globe to another? J. M. Coetzee, Slow Man (2005) ...


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