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Assessing France as a Model of Societal Success

Éloi Laurent and Michèle Lamont

In this article, we propose a definition of the elusive "French model" of societal success and explore its usefulness for understanding the forces shaping France's future. This model, we suggest, remains "statist-republicanist": its democracy revolves around the idea of republicanism, while its economy continues to rely heavily on market regulation and public intervention. We assess France's model of societal success, which requires exploring the country's long-term assets and liabilities for human development. We argue, first of all, that France relies on a combination of a high fertility rate, an excellent health care system, a low level of income inequalities, and "de-carbonized growth"; second, that it continues to have a major liability, namely, a shadow French model of cultural membership that sustains segregation and discrimination; and third, that it experiences an important decoupling between its profound socio-economic transformations, on the one hand, and its political discourse and representations of the polity, on the other.

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The French Empire Goes to San Francisco

The Founding of the United Nations and the Limits of Colonial Reform

Jessica Lynne Pearson

February of 1944, high-ranking officials from France and the empire met in Brazzaville, the capital of French Equatorial Africa, to map out important changes to France's model of colonial governance that would go into effect after the war. Although few

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Bullfighting in Southern France

A Dispatch from Arles

Duncan Wheeler

in “France's intriguing Camargue,” Arles can be situated geographically and socio-culturally somewhere between Paris and Andalusia. The French Model Bullfighting in Spain was struggling before COVID-19 struck a potentially fatal blow. In 2011

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The Perception of Time and the Meaning of History among Spanish Intellectuals of the Nineteenth Century

Ana Isabel González Manso

also, deep down, it would be seen as a model that could be adapted to the Spanish situation by linking the French model with the Spanish past and especially with the essential features of the Spanish psyche. All this meant that, together with the demand

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Trying on the Veil

Sexual Autonomy and the End of the French Republic in Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

Seth Armus

choosing a conjectural conclusion to the novel, Houellebecq allows us space to consider difficult questions. What if Europe guessed incorrectly? What if the French model is as troubled as it has appeared in the past few years? What if immigration cannot be

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The Role of French Algeria in American Incorporation of the Philippines and Puerto Rico

Tim Roberts

white imperial freedom, Algerians, Puerto Ricans, and Filipinos were deemed racially different from people in the metropole. Among European colonial empires, the French model best suited the United States’ pretensions to liberal colonial rule. Such an

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The Specter of Communism

Denmark, 1848

Bertel Nygaard

those around the non-communist worker’s journal l’Atelier , inspired by Philippe Buchez’s thought) before resettling in Copenhagen, and who were now among the leading forces within the Hippodrom movement, adhered to French models for workers

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Representations of Women in the French Imaginary

Historicizing the Gallic Singularity

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen

Exception? Decline and Revival of the “French Model” (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). On the history of French usages of the phrase “Anglo-Saxon” to describe England and the United States, see Emile Chabal, “The Rise of the Anglo-Saxon: French

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A White Race Blindness?

Abstract Universalism and the Unspeakable Making of Race

Sarah Mazouz

. Presented as a response to the crisis of the French model of integration, the policy against racial discrimination nevertheless presupposed questioning some of the principles on which this model was based. In particular, it implied a new analysis of the

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Decolonizing “La Brousse

Rural Medicine and Colonial Authority in Cameroon

Sarah C. Runcie

this period, the Cameroonian government both encouraged and embraced WHO recommendations for a new model for medical education, rather than create a school in line with existing French models in place in France or Senegal. 64 CUSS in Cameroon would