11/04/06

02:50:41 amCategories: Fieldwork, Anthropological notes

Space, time and revolt: - My blog, my project and I, part 2

The working title of my project has been Communities in the making: Identity and belonging in postcolonial Paris and London. Initially, the idea was to do a similar project to the one I had done for my master thesis. However, after I came to Paris I quic… more »

30/03/06

02:18:21 pmCategories: Politics

Demonstrators, casseurs and foreign media

After I had posed the previous text, I realised that I had forgotten to mention that the large majority of demonstrators are peaceful and non-violent, and it’s only at the margins and the end of the demo that the situation can escalate. This fact is obvi… 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 »

27/03/06

02:47:18 amCategories: Fieldwork, Politics, Peculiarities

Busy week

It’s been a busy week. While the youth in this country have been blocking and occupying schools and universities – or protesting against those blocking their universities – or been out in the streets demonstrating, burning paper cars or real cars, taggin… more »

25/03/06

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 »

17/03/06

11:36:05 pmCategories: Politics, Peculiarities

The strange nature of politics in France - Protesting, part 2

One thing that struck me during the November riots was the high level of understanding they were shown in the French public debate. It seemed to me that quite a few who participated in the public discourse quickly interpreted the burning of state institu… more »

08/03/06

03:38:31 amCategories: Places, Spaces, Politics, Peculiarities

Contrat premiere embauche - Protesting à la français

Initially, I hadn’t planned to go to the major demonstration against the CPE ("contract 'first employment'") as it only tangentially touches the focus of my fieldwork (tangentially, as the CPE – Contrat Première Embauche – is part of Prime minister Ville… more »

10/02/06

02:08:46 pmCategories: History

Métro Charonne, 8 février 1962

“Here, the 8th of February 1962, in the middle of a demonstration for peace in Algeria by the people of Paris, 9 male and female workers; communists and union activists, of whom the youngest was 16 years, were killed in the repression. CGT, PCF.” The… more »

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