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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France$
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Kathryn Kleppinger and Laura Reeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941138

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941138.001.0001

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Introduction The Post-Migratory Postcolonial

Introduction The Post-Migratory Postcolonial

(p.1) Introduction The Post-Migratory Postcolonial
Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

Kathryn Kleppinger

Laura Reeck

Liverpool University Press

After an historical section covering the social, political, and economic dynamics shaping colonial immigration to France (from North and sub-Saharan Africa as well as from Indochina), we explain why we have chosen to develop a critical vocabulary around 'post-migratory postcolonial minorities' and to focus specifically on cultural production by writers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists whose heritage connects them to a colonial context. The introduction then considers the fundamental challenges of identification and self-identification in a context meant to be colorblind and in naming a subject of study for whom there is no consistent social vocabulary. Without dispensing with key concepts to postcolonial studies such as the centre/periphery, we assert that cross-cutting ways of understanding the cultural production at hand are needed. We connect to Françoise Lionnet and Shuh Mei-Shih’s 'minor transnationalism', which encourages transversal explorations across the local, global, national, and transnational, envisages a productive relationship between the 'major' and the 'minor', and in this case re-localizes French culture. The introduction concludes with an overview of contemporary activism (via manifestos, social media campaigns, and marches) to suggest that a range of memories and experiences contribute to and influence what it means to be French today.

Keywords:   postcolonial, migration, national identity, transnationalism, urban cultures

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