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"[W]ithout a doubt the most very important experiences to date accomplished on literature in French grounded within the studies of migrants of sub-Saharan African origin." -- Alec Hargreaves, Florida kingdom UniversityFrance has constantly hosted a wealthy and colourful black presence inside its borders. yet fresh violent occasions have raised questions about France's therapy of ethnic minorities. not easy the id politics that experience set immigrants opposed to the mainstream, Black France explores how black expressive tradition has been reformulated as worldwide tradition within the multicultural and multinational areas of France. Thomas brings ahead questions reminiscent of -- Why is France a privileged web site of civilization? who's French? who's an immigrant? Who controls the networks of creation? Black France poses an urgently wanted reassessment of the French colonial legacy.

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The immigré may at some time in his or her life acquire French nationality. Immigrants: Foreigners who have received an initial authorization to stay in France for at least one year. 97 The government census of 1999 uses the criteria outlined by the HCI and includes no categories for ethnic criteria or information. The population of metropolitan France is categorized according to nationality and place of birth, and methods of calculation are both confusing and complicated. 36 percent of the total), comprising non-French born overseas who either resided in France as foreigners (2,753,588) or had acquired French nationality (1,554,939).

Recent episodes have revealed the vulnerability of foreigners and nationals who find themselves caught between their own sense of hospitality and the logic of immigration policies. (Rosello, Postcolonial Hospitality, 35) For these reasons, “transnational connections break the binary relation of ‘minority’ communities with ‘majority’ societies—a dependency that structures projects of both assimilation and resistance, “ James Clifford has persuasively argued, generating “diasporic cultural norms [that] are deployed in transnational networks built from multiple attachments .

45 Introduction 11 On the contrary, though, African American writers were not silent about the exploitative colonial practices. ”49 In turn, the concept of a Black Atlantic allowed us to look beyond this model in order to “transcend both the structures of the nation state and the constraints of ethnicity and national particularity” (Gilroy, The Black Atlantic, 19). The theoretical specificity of a “Black France” only makes sense when we explore its links with a global blackness and recognize that certain vectors are nevertheless specific to the French and francophone sub-Saharan African experience.

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