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

By Paul A. Silverstein

Algerian migration to France all started on the finish of the nineteenth century, yet in contemporary 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 ancient and anthropological research, Paul A. Silverstein examines a variety of social and cultural kinds -- from immigration coverage, colonial governance, and concrete making plans to company ads, activities, literary narratives, and songs -- for what they show approximately postcolonial Algerian subjectivities. Investigating the relationship among anti-immigrant racism and the upward push of Islamist and Berberist ideologies one of the "second new release" ("Beurs"), he argues that the appropriation of those cultural-political initiatives by means of Algerians in France represents a critique of notions of eu or Mediterranean cohesion and elucidates the mechanisms in which the Algerian civil battle has been transferred onto French soil.

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Both are contained within the production of a new, unified Europe that simultaneously projects itself as the sublation of nationalism and searches nostalgically for a rooted cultural unity to define its borders. In this respect, the project of new citizenship and the call for the French nation to be built on universalism and individuality (rather than particularism and community) tread very close to assimilation models that, as Etienne Balibar has demonstrated, are deeply implicated with French ethnocentrism and racism (Balibar and Wallerstein 1991: 94).

From this perspective, international migration does not merely represent the sum total of the calculated decisions made by individual actors, but rather needs to be understood as a structural feature of late capitalism. Rather than free choice, migration is the end result of a succession of colonial and neo-colonial economic and political violences inflicted upon the poorest populations, “uprooted” from their lifestyles and displaced from their homes (Bourdieu and Sayad 1964; Castles 1984; Jacques 1985).

The Immigration Problem” Since the mid-1970s, international migration to Europe has been a phenomenon of substantial political and economic importance to politicians and their constituencies. More often than not, these movements of peoples, commodities, and ideas from the postcolonial periphery to metropole have been represented, within party programs and scholarly literatures alike, as novel, unnatural, and potentially threatening to European host societies. 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.

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