Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation (New Anthropologies of Europe)

Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation (New Anthropologies of Europe)

By: Paul A. Silverstein (author)Paperback

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


Introduction 1. Immigration Politics in the New Europe 2. Colonization and the Production of Ethnicity 3. Spatializing Practices: Migration, Domesticity, Urban Planning 4. Islam, Bodily Practice, and Social Reproduction 5. The Generation of Generations: Beur Identity and Political Agency 6. Beur Writing and Historical Consciousness 7. Transnational Social Formations in the New Europe Conclusion

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  • publication date: 01/10/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780253217127
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780253217127
  • weight: 467
  • ISBN10: 0253217121

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