03:33:58 amCategories: Places, Spaces, Distinctions

Bienvenu à mon blog de Charonne

It’s been more than two weeks now, since I’ve moved house. This move has made me realise that I in fact lived in a village before, and now I seem to have moved downtown. In downtown Charonne, I’m not recognised by the baker the second time I enter his sh… more »


07:30:03 pmCategories: Politics

Meetings, conferences, debates, demonstrations, concerts…

One month ago I had problems leaving the house in order not to lose out on some heated debate or in-depth reportage covering the riots on TV or radio. Now the debates have entered the public spaces in Paris, and on some days they’re so prolific that if I… 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 »


04:53:13 pmCategories: Fieldwork, Politics, Riots

TV fieldwork

Apart from a visit to the cemetery with about 50% of the French population on All Saints’ Day (La fête de la Toussaint) and a visit to the Institut du monde arabe for the exhibition L’âge d’or des sciences arabes, fieldwork the last week has mostly consi… more »
11:52:48 amCategories: Fieldwork, Riots

Information overload 1

Between “civil war” and “end of republicanism” - and the state of emergency paragraph from the war in Algeria... “Civil war” is of course Le Pen polemic. But besides that, Front National has been taking it very easy lately; perhaps they don’t really h… more »


01:10:29 amCategories: Politics, Riots

Real and fake youth, in Clichy-sous-bois

There are also real youth, whom we must help… Interior Minister Sarkozy has not really been up to it when making public statements lately, to say it the least.A short time after two young boys got electrocuted when hiding from the police in a… more »

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