Ethnicity and Equality
France in the Balance
By (author) Azouz Begag
Translated by Alec G. Hargreaves
Introduction by Alec G. Hargreaves
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Ethnicity and Equality by Azouz Begag
Book DescriptionIn the fall of 2005 the streets of France were rocked by civil disturbances on a scale unseen for decades. Only months earlier Azouz Begag, France's first minister for equal opportunities and first-ever cabinet minister of North African immigrant origin, wrote an essay laying bare the festering social and ethnic injustices that, as can now be seen in hindsight, led to the riots. This essay, published here for the first time, brilliantly documents the socioeconomic inequalities, ethnic discrimination, and political neglect that have bred a volatile generation of minority ethnic youths deeply distrustful of a society they believe has failed them. Blending autobiography with sociological and political analysis, Begag shows how social peace in France depends on transforming these disaffected youths into galvanized citizens. His insights into the malaise of France's urban ghettos offer lessons for developed countries throughout the world-and hope for the similar challenges they face.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803262621
(216mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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An autobiographical novel that tells how Begag took flight on the wings of learning, growing up amid the multicultural complexities of contemporary France.
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Author Biography - Azouz Begag
Azouz Begag, widely acclaimed as both a novelist and as a researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) prior to his appointment as minister for equal opportunities in 2005, is the author of more than twenty books, including his autobiographical novel, Shantytown Kid, available in a Bison Books edition. Alec G. Hargreaves is Ada Belle Winthrop-King Professor of French and the director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University.
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