The Riots in France: An Economist’s View

Bernard Salanié is a professor of economics at Columbia University and Ecole Polytechnique. His latest book is The Economics of Taxation, MIT Press, 2003. In the aftermath of the French riots, French politicians of all hues quickly went back to business-as-usual: lofty talk on the need for a better “intégration au sein du pacte républicain” (whatever […]

French Sociology Under Fire: A preliminary diagnosis of the November 2005 “urban riots”

Franck Poupeau is a researcher with the Centre de sociologie européenne, philosophy teacher in a Priority Education Zone (ZEP) in the Paris suburbs, and author of articles and books on teaching conditions in suburban establishments. His current research involves socio-spatial inequalities in access to public services.[1. My thanks to François Athané, Laurent Bonelli and Pierre […]

Territories of Identities in France

Riva Kastoryano (sociology and political science) is a senior research fellow at the CNRS and is affiliated with the Center for International Research at Sciences–Po. She is the author of Negotiating Identities: States and Immigrants in France and Germany, Princeton University Press, 2002. Nothing is new with the last riots in France, they just lasted longer. […]

More Than Riots : A Question of Spheres

Stéphane Dufoix is associate professor of sociology at the University of Paris-X Nanterre. He has recently directed two books in French: with Patrick Weil, dir., L’esclavage, la colonisation, et après… (Slavery, Colonization, and Afterwards…), Paris, PUF, 2005; and, with Marie-Claude Blanc-Chaléard and Patrick Weil, L’étranger en questions du Moyen Age à l’an 2000 (Questioning Foreigners, From the […]

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 […]