Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783609383 Published December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
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After Charlie Hebdo

Terror, Racism and Free Speech

Edited by Gavan Titley, Des Freedman, Gholam Khiabany, and Aurélien Mondon

After Charlie Hebdo

Edited by Gavan Titley, Des Freedman, Gholam Khiabany, and Aurélien Mondon

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783609383 Published December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609390 Published December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
As the world looked on in horror at the Paris terror attacks in 2015, France found itself at the center of a conflict, which has had consequences that extend far beyond France itself. The attacks set in motion a steady creep towards ever more repressive state surveillance and security measures, and they fuelled the resurgence of the far right across Europe, while leaving the left dangerously divided. Consequently, these developments raise profound questions about the meanings and limits of such concepts as secularism, multiculturalism, and freedom of speech today.
 
After Charlie Hebdo brings together an international range of contributors to assess the symbolic and political impact of the Paris attacks in Europe and beyond. Cutting through the hysteria that has characterised so much of the initial commentary on the attacks, the essays place these events in a wider international context, exploring such key issues as the shifting meanings of secularism in postcolonial France, the role of the media, the politics of free expression, and how best to combat racism and Islamophobia. 
 
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Becoming symbolic: from Charlie Hebdo to ‘Charlie Hebdo’
Gavan Titley
Part I: The Contested Republic
1 Charlie Hebdo, Republican secularism and Islamophobia
Aurélien Mondon and Aaron Winter
2 The meaning of ‘Charlie’: the debate on the troubled French identity
Philippe Marlière
3 After the drama: the institutionalization of gossiping about Muslims
Valérie Amiraux and Arber Fetiu
4 A double-bind situation? The depoliticisation of violence and the politics of compensation
Abdellali Hajjat
Part II: The Long ‘War on Terror’
5 The Whiteness of innocence: Charlie Hebdo and the metaphysics of anti-terrorism in Europe
Nicholas De Genova
6 The visible hand of the state
Gholam Khiabany
7 Symbolic politics with brutally real effects: when ‘nobodies’ make history
Markha Valenta
8 Extremism, theirs and ours: Britain’s ‘generational struggle’
Arun Kundnani
Part III: Media Events and Media Dynamics
9 From Jyllands-Posten to Charlie Hebdo: domesticating the Mohammed cartoons
Carolina Sanchez Boe
10 #JeSuisCharlie, #JeNeSuisPasCharlie and ad hoc publics
Simon Dawes
11 Mediated narratives as competing histories of the present
Annabelle Sreberny
Part IV: The Politics of Free Speech
12 Media power and the framing of the Charlie Hebdo attacks
Des Freedman
13 We hate to quote Stanley Fish, but: “There’s no such thing as free speech, and it’s a good thing, too.” Or is it?
Bill Grantham and Toby Miller
14 Jouissance and submission: ‘free speech’, colonial diagnostics and psychoanalytic responses to Charlie Hebdo
Anne Mulhall
Part V: Racism and Anti-Racism in Post-Racial Times
15 Not afraid
Ghassan Hage
16 ‘Je Suis Juif’’: Charlie Hebdo and the remaking of antisemitism
Alana Lentin
17 Race, caste and gender in France
Christine Delphy
18 The ideology of the Holy Republic as part of the colonial counter-revolution
Selim Nadi
About the contributors
Index
 
Review Quotes
Liz Fekete, Director, Institute of Race Relations
“A unique transnational take on the weaponization of liberal values after the Paris attacks. After Charlie Hebdo takes Islamophobia apart and equips us for the fight back.”
Michael Cronin, Trinity College Dublin
“A bold, challenging and forthright collection that raises fundamental questions around issues of race and identity.”
Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore
“The attack on Charlie Hebdo has been a transformative event, one that presents particular challenges for freedom of speech. This insightful collection helps us to reflect on how we can develop an alternative narrative on violence, racism, and freedom of expression.”
Nick Riemer, University of Sydney
“These essays offer stimulating perspectives on the violent paradoxes of French liberalism. For English speakers, they give valuable context to the political dynamics behind the Charlie episode.”
Romain Badouard, University of Cergy-Pontoise
“An engaging contribution to our understanding of the 2015 attacks, examining the media framing of the event and the conflict of values it created in public debate.”
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