Cicilie Fagerlid, anthropologist at the University on Oslo, has started blogging from her fieldwork in Paris. After the youth protests, she writes, her research question is "more justified than ever": What influences senses of belonging and community making in a cosmopolitan city like Paris?
She comments on the recent protests in the suburbs of Paris, shares her impressions from demonstrations against French immigration policy and her observations among "banlieue bloggers" and internet forums.
She's just moved to Paris and therefore still wondering how to carry out her fieldwork:
So far, I’ve considered, and rejected, three possible approaches: 1) Hanging around in a (multi ethnic) music or artist collective, preferably with political objectives. 2) A neighbourhood study in the cosmopolitan area Belleville. 3) Participating in two (multi ethnic) political groups working towards recognition of the colonial era in France. Yesterday, when I asked to local (Maghrebi) baker if he would help me with my research, I messed it up a bit and confused my three approaches. It was easier when I just asked the greengrocer what he thought about the present situation… Anyway, now it seems to me that I just have to live with the information overload some more time, to see what will happen.
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