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The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture

ISBN 9781032176505
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
296 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture provides a detailed survey of the highly differentiated field of research on French politics, society and culture across the social sciences and humanities.

The handbook includes contributions from the most eminent authors in their respective fields who bring their authority to bear on the task of outlining the current state-of-the art research in French Studies across disciplinary boundaries. As such, it represents an innovative as well as an authoritative survey of the field, representing an opportunity for a critical examination of the contrasts and the continuities in methodological and disciplinary orientations in a single volume.

The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture will be essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners involved in, and actively concerned about, research on French politics, society and culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction: French Politics and Culture in the Macron Era

Marion Demossier, David Lees, Aurélien Mondon and Nina Parish

Part I: Politics in Modern and Contemporary France

1. From Despair, to Hope, to Limbo: The French Elections and the Future of the Republic

Aurélien Mondon

2. The French Party Political System

Jocelyn Evans

    3. Gaullism as a Doctrine and Political Movement

    Benjamin Leruth

    4. France and the World: The African Dimension

    Margaret A. Majumdar

    5. Gender in Modern and Contemporary French Politics

    Gill Allwood

    Part II: Identification and Belonging

    6. The Politics of Migration

    Abdellali Hajjat

    7. The Political Transversality of Islamophobia: An Analysis of Historical and Ideological Foundations

    Marwan Mohammed

    8. The new Politics of Racialisation in France: The Roma, Territorialisation and Mobility

    Marion Demossier

    9. Youth and Politics in France: Democratic Deficit or New Model of Citizenship?

    Anne Muxel

    10. Anti-racism, Race and the Republic in Contemporary France

    Tom Martin

    Part III: Spaces of Political and Cultural Contestation

    11. La France dans la Rue

    Chris Reynolds

    12. The French ‘Banlieue’: Realities, Myths, Representations

    Christina Horvath

    13. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: ‘Banlieue Youth’ as Figure of Speech and as Speaking Figures

    Fabien Truong

    14. Night-clubs and National Belonging: Malek Boutih’s Solutions for Personal and National Insecurity

    Mehammed Mack

    15. Local and Social Belonging in the Contemporary French Rural World

    Nicolas Renahy

    16. Gender and Crisis: Women’s Writing in French at the Start of the Twenty-first Century

    Shirley Jordan

    Part IV: Mediating Memories and Cultures

    17. Remembering the First World War in France: HGG and Thiepval

    Nina Parish and Eleanor Rowley

    18. Waging the War of Words: Propaganda and the Mass Media in Modern France, 1939–2017

    David Lees

    19. Cultural Policy: A Weakened Exception? (1959–2016)

    Philippe Poirier

    20. Popular Music Nostalgia in Contemporary French Media Discourse

    Chris Tinker

    21. Media and Contemporary France

    Raymond Kuhn

    22. The Multiple Deaths of the French Intellectuals

    Benoît Dillet

    23. Jewish Culture in Twenty-first Century France

    Rebecca Infield and Rebekah Vince

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    Marion Demossier is Professor of French and European Studies at the University of Southampton, UK, where she holds a Chair in Social Anthropology.

    David Lees is Senior Teaching Fellow in French Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

    Aurélien Mondon is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bath, UK.

    Nina Parish is Professor in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Stirling, UK.


    "This book is a very useful contribution to the study of French politics and culture today. It is a collective endeavour which highlights recurring aspects of French ‘exceptionalism’ as well as other trends in line with other European countries. This edited volume offers a timely assessment of France under the Macron presidency and stays abreast of the more recent and dramatic transformations of the political system, but also of major societal and cultural changes. The study is a snapshot into France in 2019, and is divided into sections, each of them deals with a particular aspect of contemporary France: the institutional system and recent political realignments, what it is to be French, spaces of political and cultural contestation, and issues mediating memories and culture. The authors draw on a variety of academic disciplines. This state-of-the-art volume fills a gap in the existing literature on French society as a whole." - Philippe Marlière, University College London, UK.

    "An engaged, and engaging, journey through the political, social and cultural landscape of contemporary France. With an approach well-grounded in the history of modern France, this collective volume tackles many different forms of contemporary political and cultural contestation. On the way, the reader travels through physical spaces from the streets of Paris and the banlieue to the French countryside of the twenty-first century, meeting far more complex French identities and experiences than traditional Republican discourse would suggest. Less tangible spaces are also explored, those of traditional and new media and their effects, of voting patterns and the French political system, of gender, of migration and of the memories of the conduct and experiences of war and colonisation and their presence in the immediate every day. Successive chapters bring together aspects of Macron’s France as diverse as the evolving place of popular culture to changes affecting the political sphere, all asking fundamental questions about continuity and change in French politics and culture in the wider context of recent global shifts." - Debra Kelly, University of Westminster, UK.

    "Any scholar of modern and contemporary France must confront the question of whether the country is, or has ever been, exceptional in relation to the rest of the global North. This rich and diverse collection of essays on French politics and culture is a very welcome and timely update on that perennial question. It provides illuminating overviews and detailed case studies on themes such as the 2017 elections, official and counter-narratives of the banlieue and Jewish culture and popular music, written by many of the leading experts in French studies. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand French society today." - Jan Windebank, University of Sheffield, UK.