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Auteur: Gordon, Daniel A.
Titel: Immigrants and Intellectuals
Sub titel: May ’68 and the Rise of Anti-Racism in France

This book tells the full story of immigrants’ impact on the New Left. It examines how employers used migrant workers as cheap labour; it considers reactions to the massacre of Algerians in Paris in 1961; it uncovers how immigrants acted in 1968 and after, and how they viewed the leftists who sought to politicise them. It also shows how mainstream politics responded in the 1970s to successive cycles of protest, including the first sans-papiers [in italic] movement. Gordon concludes with the electoral victory of Mitterrand and the Socialist Party, and the political emergence of ‘second generation’ youth by 1983. He challenges historical memory: 1968 was more than a saga of an in-crowd of white bourgeois Parisians, immigrants from North Africa, Portugal, Spain and elsewhere developed their own demands and slowly began to change attitudes and prejudices. 1968 clearly did not cure racism from France’s body politic, but its effect was significant over the intense period of politicisation of immigration issues that followed. People from different social and ethnic backgrounds, French and foreigners, workers and intellectuals, had come together for a common cause. 1968-era immigrant activism in France has left its mark, in more than one place and time. Half a century on the migrant solidarity movements that grew in the decolonisation years still resonate.
2012, 256 pag., Euro 21,4
Merlin Press, London, ISBN 9780850366648


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