Category: Riots


12:02:52Categories: Riots

The poetics of revolt

A journalist just phoned and reminded me that the riots in the French suburbs started this day five years ago. The 27th of October 2005, two teenagers, Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré, were burnt to death in a transformer after having been pursued by the po… more »


11:31:17 pmCategories: Politics, Riots

Politics in the banlieues... encore

I couldn’t believe my ears when I head a sociologist saying on a seminar a while ago that the car burning and riot delinquency going on regularly in this country is apolitical. According to him, these riots had neither symbols nor slogans. I can agree th… more »


01:37:39 pmCategories: Politics, Riots, Distinctions

Les cassurs – the “demonstration breaker” phenomenon

“The demonstrators shall be protected, and the casseurs shall be taken in for questioning,” Interior Minister Sarkozy said some days ago. It’s not the first time Sarkozy has expresses his binary vision of the youth in this country (“real and fake youth”)… more »


03:59:10 amCategories: Fieldwork, Politics, Riots

Mars – “mois chaud”

It wasn’t the climate the newspaper Le Parisien was thinking of when they some weeks ago wrote that March would be a “hot” month. And indeed they were right… I must admit that I leave the demonstrations as soon as there are any sign of violence. (Luc… more »


03:02:17 pmCategories: Politics, Riots

"It's better to vote than to burn cars"

Two days ago President Jacques Chirac proclaimed the end of the state of emergency which has been in place in France for almost two months. At the same press conference, the president also announced that the law paragraph obliging teachers to “teach the… more »


05:52:45 pmCategories: Places, Politics, Riots

Riffraff of France

Message at bus stop at Place de la Nation, Sunday 11th December I should have provided a proper welcome to my blog from Charonne (as I’ve moved house) and to the new name (Cicilie amongst the Parisians), but I’ll leave that for later. We’ll jump right… more »


04:32:29 pmCategories: Fieldwork, Politics, Riots

Now what?

Two weeks ago, at the time I finished my French lessons, I had planned to quietly sit down and rethink my research project. The goals of the project still seemed justified, but I was not sure about the approach; I felt I was about to suffer from a severe… more »


02:04:50 pmCategories: Fieldwork, Places, Riots, Distinctions

Information overload 2 / internet fieldwork

A day at work…: I was about to get outside (its freezing, but sunny). Unfortunately, it was time for 12 o’clock news before I managed to escape. Oh, here we go again. La ligue de droits de l’homme and MRAP (Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour… more »

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