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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

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

Laura Reeck

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941138.003.0001

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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