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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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Difference-Conscious Critical Media Engagement and the Communitarian Question

Difference-Conscious Critical Media Engagement and the Communitarian Question

(p.23) Difference-Conscious Critical Media Engagement and the Communitarian Question
Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

Jennifer Fredette

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the critical media engagement of an activist and author (Rokhaya Diallo) and an organization (the Collectif contre l’islamophobie en France [Collective Against Islamophobia in France]) that describe their work as oriented toward the cause of equality in France. Their interventions in traditional and New Media challenge stereotypes and draw attention to racial and religious discrimination. This kind of discourse about the lived experiences of racial and religious minorities in France, however, opens them up to criticism from those who believe that the French model of equality demands difference-blindness and the rejection of identity politics. The chapter suggests, however, that critical media engagement by post-migratory postcolonial minorities (PMPM) is a product of experiences and values born in France, and that while it may sometimes draw on movements and strategies used by equality activists in the United States, it remains a thoroughly French affair. Rather than a rejection of France, PMPM critical media engagement should be read as yet another chapter in the ongoing negotiation and articulation of what it means to be French.

Keywords:   racism, Islamophobia, new media, identity politics, France

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