Exploring Urban Violence in French Suburbs, 2005-2007
This book takes the reader inside the world of the banlieues and explores the nature and causes of the riots. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork conducted in Villiers-le-Bel, the author offers a unique insight into the motivating factors behind the violence. On a larger scale, the book examines the relationship between the underprivileged suburbs and the French republican model. The author explores a triad of interconnections: between republican ideals and the reality of daily life in the banlieues; between national projections of unity and localized realities of disunity; and between figures of authority and ordinary citizens.
Acknowledgements This book would not have been possible were it not for the help and support of a number of friends, colleagues and mentors. I am indebted to Philippe Marlière, who supervised this project as a doctoral thesis. Many thanks also to Michel Kokoref f for his help and guidance during my fieldwork in Villiers-le-Bel. For her insightful comments and criticisms I would like to thank Joanna Smyth. On the home front, I would like to thank my family and friends for their ongoing support over the last number of years. My parents, in par- ticular, have supported me in every possible way and for this I am truly grateful. I would also like to thank my wife, Éadaoin, who always of fers a voice of reason when things seem uncertain.
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