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Article Dans Une Revue French Politics, Culture & Society Année : 2021

Introduction to White Republic? Studying Whites and Whiteness in France

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France is an overwhelmingly majority-White nation. Yet the French majority is reluctant to identify as White, and French social science has tended to eschew Whiteness as an object of inquiry. Inspired by critical race theory and critical Whiteness studies, this interdisciplinary special issue offers a new look at White identities in France. It does so not to recenter Whiteness by giving it prominence, but to expose and critique White dominance. This introduction examines the global and local dimensions of Whiteness, before identifying three salient dimensions of its French version: the ideology of the race-blind universalist republic; the past and present practice of French colonialism, slavery, and rule across overseas territories; and the racialization of people of Muslim or North African backgrounds as non-White.

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hal-04241080 , version 1 (13-10-2023)

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Mathilde Cohen, Sarah Mazouz. Introduction to White Republic? Studying Whites and Whiteness in France. French Politics, Culture & Society, 2021, French Politics, Culture & Society, 39 (2), pp.1-25. ⟨10.3167/fpcs.2021.390201⟩. ⟨hal-04241080⟩
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