Algeria in France

Algeria in France

Transpolitics, Race, and Nation
Paul A. Silverstein
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Format: Paperback 13 b&w photos, 2 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21712-7
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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.

Author Bio

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

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“The Algerian presence in France is explored through history and a wide range of contemporary cultural forms-from immigration policy, colonial governance, and urban planning to corporate advertising, sports, literary narratives, and songs. Investigating the connection between anti-immigrant racism and the rise of Islamist and Berberist ideologies, Silverstein explores how the Algerian civil war has been transferred to French soil. "An insightful chronicle. . . ." —John Bowen ". . . a remarkable work about the dislocating effects of modernity. . . sure to be influential in the fields of postcolonial theory, French politics, and migration studies." —David A. McMurray "This is work of impressive erudition which is richly documented, theoretically sophisticated, and epistemologically provocative . . . ." —Susan Terrio”

“This is work of impressive erudition which is richly documented, theoretically sophisticated, and epistemologically provocative in that it situates itself firmly on a transnational axis linking France and Algeria across the Mediterranean.”
 — Susan Terrio

“. . . a remarkable work about the dislocating effects of modernity . . . sure to be influential in the fields of postcolonial theory, French politics, and migration studies.”
 — David A. McMurray

“An insightful chronicle. . . .”
 — John Bowen

“[Silverstein] approaches his subjects through the medium of everyday life, following the random individuals encountered during his field work in the 1990s, applying an ethnographical methodology with a highly critical and self-reflexive awareness of the environment he shared with them.... [This] is a critical work in opening up a broader consideration of the complex set of identifications running between France, Algeria, and the wider Arab and Muslim world.April, 2011”
 — H-Levant

“ . . admirably broad study. . . .”
 — Times Literary Supplement

“[Silverstein] has elaborated an incisive inquiry into the complex configurations of state power and minority agency that marks a central contribution to the academic study of transnationalism and globalization.Vol. 6, No. 2 Spring 2010”
 — Ruth Mas, University of Colorado at Boulder

“This informative and sophisticated work . . . examines Algerian immigration to France . . . [Silverstein] deftly summarizes the history of Franco-Algerian relations.March/April 2005”
 — Foreign Affairs

“[A] richly nuanced and informative [analysis] of France at the beginning of the twenty-first century.”
 — Tyler Stovall, University of California, Berkeley

“. . . this is an important call that diaspora should become as important a theme in North African history as it has been in that of sub-Saharan Africa.”
 — H-Africa

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Table of Contents

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