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This stimulating and insightful booklet unearths how elevated regulate over immigration has replaced cultural and social construction in theater, literature, or even museum building. Dominic Thomas's research unravels the complicated cultural and political realities of long-standing mobility among Africa and Europe. Thomas questions the try and position strict limits on what it potential to be French or eu and gives a feeling of what needs to occur to lead to a renewed feel of integration and worldwide Frenchness.

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The focus here is primarily on the Sarkozy years (2007–2012), which has allowed us to assess the aforementioned legacy. Of course, now that Sarkozy has himself been ousted from political office (following the results of the second round run-off voting on May 6, 2012) by the Socialist candidate François Hollande, the task of revisiting that presidency is necessary. As we shall see, divisions in French society were exacerbated during Sarkozy’s term in office, providing strong indication as to the prevalence of anti-immigrant sentiment in France today.

These linguistic formulations serve to accentuate the aesthetic project of the MQB; as such, we begin to sense a rearticulation of what could very well be construed as a kind of postcolonial civilizing mission that simultaneously refuses to engage in any discussion or polemic on the question of the historical origin(s) of the collection (especially the African one), thereby relegating to the margins a socio-political understanding without which any contextualization and historical framework cannot be undertaken.

45 Given the role school textbooks played during the colonial era, this return to the colonial model as an extension of republican ideals in the postcolonial era, and recourse to this model of the past to shape the new citizens of the postcolonial era, is of course particularly troubling. How then, we might very well wonder, can such seemingly opposed contextualizations and interpretations of history operate alongside the potentialities of such innovative projects as the Quai Branly Museum and the National Center for the History of Immigration that opened in Paris in 2006 and 2007, respectively?

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