Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780708320761 Published October 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

At the Border

Margins and Peripheries in Modern France

Edited by Henrice Altink and Sharif Gemie

Edited by Henrice Altink and Sharif Gemie

Distributed for University of Wales Press

192 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2008
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780708320761 Published October 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
For decades, France has been considered one of the world’s first and most fully formed nation-states—providing a global model of state-centered modernity. Events in recent years, however, such as the long-term presence of France’s North African population, the growth of Islam as France’s second-largest religion, the development of anti-centrist regional movements, and growing debates about French sexual and social identities have endowed the theme of borders with a special resonance in French studies.
This exciting interdisciplinary collection presents a series of perspectives on French border identities in the context of globalization, locating “border” situations in a variety of contexts—geographical, social, cultural, and sexual—that challenge preconceptions about the centrality of the nation-state as the foundation of contemporary French identity.
Contents
Series editors' preface
Acknowledgements
List of contributors
A note on the texts
 
Introduction: Borders: ancient, modern and postmodern: definitions and debates
Henrice Altink and Sharif Gemie
 
Part I: France's Geographic Borders
     Chapter one: France as periphery? The challenge of change
     Alistair Cole
 
     Chapter two: The making of the eastern frontier: the French-German border, 1815-70
     François Roth
 
     Chapter three: Algeria and the Mediterranean frontier: a hostile horizon?
     Marianne Durand
 
Part II: Between the Centre and the Margin: the French Regions
     Chapter four: From the other side of the mirror: the French-German border in landscape and memory: Lorraine, 1871-1914
     Didier Francfort
 
     Chapter five: Between borders: the remembrance practices of Spanish exiles in the south-west of France
     Scott Soo
 
     Chapter six: Otherness, invisible borders and representations of identity in the Midi, 1920s
     Laure Teulières
    
Part III: The Margins Within
     Chapter seven: Insecurity and no-go areas
     Cathérine Levy
 
     Chapter eight: The Maghrebian community in France: defining the borders
     Dawn Marley and Judith Broadbridge
 
     Chapter nine: Solidarity in pariahdom? Oppression and self-oppression in gay representations in France
     Owen Heathcote
 
Index
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