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The Making of the Banlieue

An Ethnography of Space, Identity and Violence

Authors: Slooter, Luuk

  • Draws on ethnographic research to offer a close-up examination of the daily lives, routines and urban struggles of young banlieue inhabitants
  • Adds to the broad debates about ethnicity, religion, inequality and the suburbs in France
  • Offers an original and interdisciplinary look at the nexus of space, identity, and violence
  • Speaks to Criminologists, Anthropologists, Urban Sociologists, Human Geographers, and policy makers 
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About this book

This book studies and disaggregates the "crisis of the suburbs" in Paris through the stories of inhabitants in 4000sud: a French suburban neighborhood. These stories have become pressing in the aftermath of the recent wave of terrorist attacks in France. The French banlieues are some of the most prominent and infamous examples of urban neighborhoods affected by vandalism, rioting, criminality and chronic poverty. Based on extensive ethnographic research, the book explores the making of the French suburban crisis as constituted both externally (by state actors) and internally, by young people at the street corner. It reveals how the French state’s understanding of banlieue violence, and subsequent policy measures, contribute to the creation and hardening of boundaries between "us" and "them". 
The book takes the reader on a journey from the city center of Paris to the heart of neighborhood 4000sud. It unveils how young suburban residents try to cope simultaneously with the negative images imposed on them from the outside, and the disciplinary expectations of their peers on the street. In search for identity and dignity they navigate life through diverging strategies: they escape the neighborhood, contest stereotypical images through (violent) protest, or confirm and act out the image of "gangster from the ghetto". Drawing on Urban Sociology, Human Geography, and Cultural Anthropology, this book offers new analytical vocabularies to understand the connections between place-making processes, social identity dynamics and violent performances. The book is written for a broad audience of students, scholars and policy makers interested in contemporary (sub)urban violence in Europe.

About the authors

Luuk Slooter is a postdoctoral Assistant Professor at the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenge at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. In December 2015 he completed his PhD at Utrecht University and l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Until 2017, he was Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (Radboud University, Nijmegen), where he taught courses on terrorism, urban violence, and security policies.

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eBook 51,16 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: July 5, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18210-6
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  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 83,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: July 5, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18209-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Making of the Banlieue
Book Subtitle
An Ethnography of Space, Identity and Violence
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18210-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18210-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18209-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 285
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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