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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 1.44

Ethnicity and French Urban Anthropology

Speakers

  • Dr. Anne RAULIN

Primary authors

Description

In French urban anthropology, ethnicity has been for a long time considered by most of its scholars as an archaism, indicating a type of backwards identity only to be overcome by citizenship. This was due both to its colonial past confining people within the French Empire in their ethnic identity, and to its contemporary secular and republican ideology willing to bypass ethnic differences. This stand resulted in a strong inhibition to address this concept in anthropology. Nowadays, “ethnicisation” as well as “racisation” widely entered the French social sciences lexicon, a terminology not deprived of ambiguous meaning, as this presentation will reflect it. Its purpose is also to question the contemporary ethnic dynamics in a world where they permeate economics, religions, cultures and politics, at the global and at the local levels. France has become a multicultural and multiethnic society, with several ethnoscapes — the recent evolution of the consumer market widely includes ethnic commodities. La “Solidarité sociale”, which has its own virtue, did not erase ethnic solidarities. By presenting a variety of urban anthropology fieldworks carried out in French cosmopolitan cities, this presentation will show how ethnic identifications are at work in these contexts, and how interactions between groups are also efficient in providing resources for adaptation — not necessarily contradictory with citizenship or other forms of integration.