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Algeria in France : Transpolitics, Race, and Nation - Paul A. Silverstein

Algeria in France

Transpolitics, Race, and Nation

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780253217127
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

"...[in] Silverstein's admirably broad study, Algeria in France ... A vast range of sociocultural forms are tackled with equal confidence... Silverstein offers excellent and factually dense summaries of the key topics and presents much new research, eticulously undertaken... As well as breadth, Algeria in France enjoys great depth, thanks to Silverstein's historicization ot the two countries' contemporary imbrications."--Times Literary Supplement, September 2, 2005 "This is work of impressive erudition which is richly documented, theoretically sophisticated, and epistemologically provocative in that it situates itself firmly on a trans-national axis linking France and Algeria across the Mediterranean." --Susan Terrio

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Note on Translation and Transliterationp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Immigration Politics in the New Europep. 17
Colonization and the Production of Ethnicityp. 35
Spatializing Practices: Migration, Domesticity, Urban Planningp. 76
Islam, Bodily Practice, and Social Reproductionp. 121
The Generation of Generations: Beur Identity and Political Agencyp. 151
Beur Writing and Historical Consciousnessp. 184
Transnational Social Formations in the New Europep. 213
Conclusionp. 237
Notesp. 247
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780253217127
ISBN-10: 0253217121
Series: New Anthropologies of Europe
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.47