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Laura Frader

An American scholar is often struck by the absence of race in France as a category of analysis or the absence of discussions of race in its historical or sociological dimensions. After all, “race” on this side of the Atlantic, for reasons having to do with the peculiar history of the United States, has long been a focus of discussion. The notion of race has shaped scholarly analysis for decades, in history, sociology, and political science. Race also constitutes a category regularly employed by the state, in the census, in electoral districting, and in affirmative action. In France, on the contrary, race hardly seems acknowledged, in spite of both scholarly and governmental preoccupation with racism and immigration.

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Colonial Reform and Racism after World War II and the Making of Colorblind France, 1945–1950 (Vol. 33, No. 3, 1) THOMPSON, Christopher S . From Black-Blanc-Beur to Black-Black-Black ? “ L’Affaire des Quotas ” and the Shattered “Image of 1998” in Twenty

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John Ireland and Constance Mui

and political insights from prominent movements in the post-war era, including feminism, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, environmentalism, and the struggle for gay rights. Very much in line with these concerns, Ronald Aronson’s recent book: We

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John Ireland and Constance Mui

, “Contemporary ‘Structures’ of Racism,” analyzes the “social structural processes” that produce and perpetuate racial oppression and domination. Fugo argues that, in a racist society, many of the principles we value are in reality antithetical to the promotion of

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colonies was both expository and critical. Unlike his contemporaries, he refused to let racism and ethnocentrism taint his research. He inscribed black intellectual life and black experience into the historical narrative of France, and he did so from the

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Globalizing the History of French Decolonization

Jessica Lynne Pearson

of voices and perspectives, and to contribute to an ongoing discussion about inequality and racism in France today. As scholars have shown, racial disparity in France is both connected to the particular history of French colonialism and enmeshed in

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Writing History and the Social Sciences with Ivan Jablonka

Nathan Bracher

. Does that really mean we may as well consider it futile? Faced with the current resurgence of racism, white supremacism, and even neo-Nazism, for example, does anyone really want to argue that we would be better off knowing nothing or claiming to know

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Owen White and Elizabeth Heath

System in West Africa (Boulder: Westview Press, 1996); and on Kabyle migrant labor, Neil MacMaster, Colonial Migrants and Racism: Algerians in France, 1900–1962 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997), 34–49. 43 Andrew Arsan, Interlopers of Empire: The