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Procédure d'adoption et colorblindness institutionnelle en France

Solène Brun


While France is largely considered a “colorblind” society, which hinders any public use of racial categories, this article explores the case of international procedure, arguing that it constitutes an exception to institutional colorblindness in the French context. Racial categories are not only explicitly used on a daily basis by adoption professionals, but their use is also officially encouraged, yet in an ambiguous way. In this regard, adoption procedures operate as a moment of color consciousness for many adoptive parents. By focusing on this particular case study, the article aims more generally to unpack the stakes of the taboo surrounding race in France.

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Racial or Spatial Categorisations?

A Focus on the French Setting

Magali Bessone

The hypothesis developed in the paper is that the relation between race and space, under-explored in philosophy, is a powerful theoretical instrument for understanding racial injustices and can be used to renew racial categorisation in a more critical, transformative manner. It argues that only constructivism, in its 'interactive constructionism' version (Hacking 1999), can make sense of both concepts in a relevant way for political theory, and provide a general critical frame to study the relation between both concepts, thereby replying to the powerful arguments of racial scepticism. After specifying what such a position entails for the 'race' concept, the paper argues that 'space', itself conceived in a constructionist perspective, is a core element of current referents of 'race' in our folk conceptions. It shows that France, despite its pretence of racial blindness, is not a counter-example, but rather reinforces the hypothesis. Hence, space should be more thoroughly reinvestigated at an epistemological and theoretical level in exploring our racial thinking.

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A White Race Blindness?

Abstract Universalism and the Unspeakable Making of Race

Sarah Mazouz

therefore categorized as French, despite the fact that at the time I was a Tunisian national only. This situation reveals how national and racial categories are superimposed upon people and how fluid they can be. The fact that I was not seen as belonging

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Zeynep Kılıç and Jennifer Petzen

This article invites scholars of race and migration to look at the visual arts more closely within the framework of comparative race theory. We argue that within a neoliberal multicultural context, the marketing of art relies on the commodification and circulation of racial categories, which are reproduced and distributed as globalized racial knowledge. This knowledge is mediated by the racial logic of neoliberal multiculturalism. Specifically, we look at the ways in which the global art market functions as a set of racialized and commodified power relations confronting the “migrant“ artist within an orientalizing curatorial framework.

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“White” Guadeloupeans of “Mixed” Ancestry

Complicating Analyses of Whiteness and White Supremacy

Ary Gordien

analyses of what is nowadays referred to as Whiteness and White supremacy. 3 The recent French scholarship on blanchité has led to timely historical reexaminations of blanc as a racial category. 4 However, although both that racial category and the

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Cotten Seiler

whiteness has stood as the very prerequisite for a modern subjectivity based in freedom. Hegel, writing in 1830, evaluated the three racial categories—Mongolian, Ethiopian, and Caucasian—in terms of their respective capacities for self-differentiation from

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The Nemesis of the Suburbs

Richard Turner and South African Liberalism

Steven Friedman

on race, Turner was at pains to reject racial essentialism. Racial categories in his view were products of social relations which entrenched domination and so they needed to be acknowledged rather than denied, but this did not justify the assumption

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Maneuvering Whiteness in France

Muslim Converts’ Ambivalent Encounters with Race

Juliette Galonnier

contacting potential French interviewees, I retained some of the linguistic habits I had acquired in the United States. As a result, I did not exercise sufficient caution when employing ethnic and racial categories in my speech. One of my French interviewees

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Imagining Utopia in an Unfree World

Rick Turner on Morality, Inequality and Existentialism

Mary Ryan

country whose colonial history and apartheid practices made it inseparable from racial codification ( Seidman 1999: 426 ). Decades after the first democratic election, race still matters, especially as evidenced by the continued use of racial categories in

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Judith A. Nicholson and Mimi Sheller

establish racial categories and boundaries, and shape urban space. 26 Through the use of these innovative “clean” vehicles, whiteness became linked with new technology, speed, and industrial modernization. According to Geoff Zylstra, “The measure of control