Ethnicity, Islam, and les banlieues: Confusing the Issues

Jocelyne Cesari is principal research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris and associate professor at Harvard University. She is the author of When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States, New York: Palgrave, 2004 and European Muslims and the Secular State, London: Ashgate, 2005. In addition, she […]

Reflections “À Chaud” on the French Suburban Crisis

Director of research at CNRS (CERI) and Doctor in Political Science (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris), Catherine Wihtol de Wenden is both a political scientist and a lawyer. She has been working for twenty years on various topics relating to international migration. Her most recent book is Police et discriminations raciales: le tabou français (with S. Body-Gendrot), […]

An Emperor with No Clothes?

Alec G. Hargreaves is Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University. He has published widely on post-colonial minorities in France. A new edition of his study of Immigration, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary France (London/New York: Routledge, 1995) is due out in 2007. 1. Causes While unprecedented in scale, […]

France: One and Divisible

Ezra Suleiman is professor of political science and director of the European Studies program at Princeton University. He is the author most recently of Dismantling Democracies (Princeton University Press, 2003).  One of the first things that a social scientist, as opposed to a political activist, notices about the breakout of the suburban riots in France is the […]

The Nature of the French Riots

Olivier Roy is research director at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research). He currently lectures at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Paris. His most recent book is Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah (Columbia University Press, 2004). Intifada of the suburbs, […]