Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation (New by Paul A. Silverstein

By Paul A. Silverstein

Algerian migration to France started on the finish of the nineteenth century, yet in fresh years France's Algerian group has been the focal point of a transferring public debate encompassing problems with unemployment, multiculturalism, Islam, and terrorism. during this finely crafted historic and anthropological examine, Paul A. Silverstein examines quite a lot of social and cultural kinds -- from immigration coverage, colonial governance, and concrete making plans to company advertisements, activities, literary narratives, and songs -- for what they display approximately postcolonial Algerian subjectivities. Investigating the relationship among anti-immigrant racism and the upward push of Islamist and Berberist ideologies one of the "second iteration" ("Beurs"), he argues that the appropriation of those cultural-political initiatives through Algerians in France represents a critique of notions of eu or Mediterranean solidarity and elucidates the mechanisms in which the Algerian civil conflict has been transferred onto French soil.

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Depressed, he became increasingly attracted to the discipline of Muslim orthopraxy. He stopped drinking, started referring to himself exclusively as “Salah,” and for the first time in his life began to pray. In the meantime, he sought a job as a French teacher abroad, and the last I heard from him had accepted a posting in Cambodia. In late May 2000, on the eve of France’s accession to presidency of the European Union (EU), a minor political scandal erupted that laid bare a set of tensions between national identity and supranational governance in the New Europe.

Government policies have moreover tended to treat immigration as an economic factor that can be controlled, manipulated, or even embraced—as an economic problem to be solved. Since the late 1960s, immigration has been largely approached in terms of state policy through a macro-model of economic factors, a push-pull system resulting from income differentials. According to this schema, development in peripheral countries created a situation of overurbanization (especially in terms of a disproportionately large tertiary sector) characterized by overpopulation and unemployment, thus reproducing the countries’ poverty.

It was an intimate group and we spent many summer weekend evenings embroiled in animated discussions in French on the politics of France and North Africa over numerous packs of cigarettes and bottles of beer. At the end of the summer, the mini-salon broke up. Mohammed returned to Cairo, Franck and Salima returned to Paris, Kristina went on to London for a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies, and Gilles moved back to live with his mother in Geneva, having tried unsuccessfully to find work in Beirut.

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