Black France / France Noire

Black France / France Noire

The History and Politics of Blackness

  • Author: Keaton, Trica Danielle; Sharpley-Whiting, Tracey Denean; Stovall, Tyler
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822352471
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780822395348
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2012
  • Month: June
  • Pages: 344
  • DDC: 305.896/044
  • Language: English
In Black France / France Noire, scholars, activists, and novelists from France and the United States address the untenable paradox at the heart of French society. France's constitutional and legal discourses do not recognize race as a meaningful category. Yet the lived realities of race and racism are ever-present in the nation's supposedly race-blind society. The vaunted universalist principles of the French Republic are far from realized. Any claim of color-blindness is belied by experiences of anti-black racism, which render blackness a real and consequential historical, social, and political formation. Contributors to this collection of essays demonstrate that blackness in France is less an identity than a response to and rejection of anti-black racism. Black France / France Noire is a distinctive and important contribution to the increasingly public debates on diversity, race, racialization, and multicultural intolerance in French society and beyond.

Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga, Allison Blakely, Jennifer Anne Boittin, Marcus Bruce, Fred Constant, Mamadou Diouf, Arlette Frund, Michel Giraud, Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Trica Danielle Keaton, Jake Lamar, Patrick Lozès, Alain Mabanckou, Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Tyler Stovall, Christiane Taubira, Dominic Thomas, Gary Wilder
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I -Theorizing and Narrating Blackness and Belonging
    • Black France: Myth or Reality? : Problems of Identity and Identification
    • The Lost Territories of the Republic: Historical Narratives and the Recomposition of French Citizenship
    • Eurafrique as the Future Past of ‘‘Black France’’ : Sarkozy's Temporal Confusion and Senghor's Postwar Vision
    • Letter to France
    • French Impressionism
  • Part II - The Politics of Blackness—Politicizing Blackness
    • The Invention of Blacks in France
    • Immigration and National Identity in France
    • ’’Black France’’ and the National Identity Debate: How Best to Be Black and French?
    • Paint It ‘‘Black’’ : How Africans and Afro-Caribbeans Became "Black" in France
    • The ‘‘Question of Blackness’’ and the Memory of Slavery: Invisibility and Forgetting as Voluntary Fire and Some Pyromaniac Firefighters
  • Part III - Black Paris—Black France
    • The New Negro in Paris: Booker T. Washington, the New Negro, and the Paris Exposition of 1900
    • The Militant Black Menof Marseille and Paris, 1927–1937
    • Reflections on the Future of Black France: Josephine Baker's Vision of a Global Village
    • Site-ing Black Paris: Discourses and the Making of Identities
    • Coda: Black Identity in Francein a European Perspective
  • About the Contributors
  • Index



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