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Still French? France and the Challenge of Diversity, 1985-2015

Nottingham French Studies Volume 54, Number 3

Alec G Hargreaves

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In a provocative 1985 cover story featuring the face of Marianne obscured by an Islamic veil, Le Figaro Magazine asked: “Serons-nous encore français dans trente ans?”. With those thirty years now spanned, where does France stand in relation to the fears, challenges and opportunities associated with changing perceptions of ethnic and cultural diversity within and beyond the nation’s borders? Is the France of 2015 still French in the same way or to the same degree as the France of 1985? Where do the most significant challenges to “Frenchness” now lie? In Islamism? In the “banlieues”? In European integration? In American hegemony? Is “Frenchness” itself, championed by political elites under the banner of “l’exception culturelle”, an outmoded concept, destined to wither in the face of transnational forces? These are among the issues addressed by contributors to this volume, spanning a wide range of topics and disciplinary approaches including politics, literature, film and sport.

Contents

Introduction: Still French?
ALEC G. HARGREAVES

The Emergence of a Black France, 1985–2015: History, Race and Identity
DAVID MURPHY

How French is ‘French’ Sport?
PHILIP DINE

La France à l’heure de la mondialisation
CATHERINE WIHTOL DE WENDEN

Débattre sur l’identité nationale: l’immigration et l’intégration en question
YVAN GASTAUT

French Cinema and the Integration of Young Women Actors of Maghrebi Heritage
CARRIE TARR

What’s ‘French’ about French Studies?
CHARLES FORSDICK

La France n’a pas été au rendez-vous
AZOUZ BEGAG

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

About the Author

Formerly Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University, and Head of the Department of European Studies, Loughborough University, he has authored and edited numerous publications on the cultural and political dynamics of postcolonialiam in the French-speaking world, including Multi-Ethnic France: Immigration., Politics, Culture and Society (London/New York: Routledge, 2007), and Transnational French Studies: Postcolonialism and Littérature-monde (Liverpool University Press, 2010), co-edited with Charles Forsdick and David Murphy.

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