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African Political Activism in Postcolonial France

State Surveillance and Social Welfare, 1st Edition

By Gillian Glaes


234 pages

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African Political Activism in Postcolonial France engages with several areas of scholarly inquiry, ranging from the study of immigrants to the investigation of surveillance and the legacy of colonialism. Within migration studies, many important analyses have focused on integration, yielding critical contributions to our understanding of immigration and identity. This work moves in a different direction. Factoring in the dynamics of colonialism, decolonization, and their effect on immigrant political activism and state policy in the postcolonial, Cold War era reveals that immigrants from francophone Sub-Saharan Africa were key players who shaped the development of public policy toward immigrants. Through this approach, we can understand how republicanism, colonial ideology, immigration policy, and immigrant political activism intersected in the post-colonial era, shaping the reception of African workers and affecting their lives and experiences in France.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Preface: The Saint Denis Riot



1: Immigrant Politics and The Union générale de Travailleurs sénégalais en France (UGTSF)

2: Political Mobilization and Collective Action: Ivry-sur-Seine and the African Immigrant Rent Strikes of the 1960s and 1970s

3: From Private Tragedy to Cause Célèbre: Five Deaths in Aubervilliers

4: Policing the Post-Colonial Order

5: Tuberculosis, Disease, Social Welfare Initiatives, and the Centre Bossuet

6: The Desire to Disperse: the Anti-Slum Campaign




About the Author

Gillian Glaes is a Visiting Professor at the University of Montana-Missoula.

About the Series

The Routledge Global 1960s and 1970s Series

As the decades that defined the Cold War, the 1960s and 1970s helped shape the world we live in to a remarkable degree. Political phenomena including the almighty tussle between capitalism and communism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, apartheid in South Africa, uprisings against authoritarianism and independence from colonial rule for a large swathe of the nations of the Global South helped define the period but the sixties and seventies were as much about cultural and social change, with lives the world over altered irretrievably by new standpoints and attitudes. Traditionally, analysis of the era has largely been concerned with superpower posturings and life in Europe and America, but this series, while providing full coverage to such impulses, takes a properly global view of the era.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / West
HISTORY / Europe / France