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The Republic and the Riots

Exploring Urban Violence in French Suburbs, 2005-2007

Matthew Moran

In 2005, the deaths of two teenagers in Clichy-sous-Bois provoked three weeks of rioting in French banlieues. Cars were burned, buildings were damaged and young people clashed with the police in unprecedented scenes of violence. The government declared a state of emergency as the riots spread across France. Two years later, the French public were met with familiar images when riots broke out in the Parisian suburb of Villiers-le-Bel. What were the underlying causes of these episodes of extreme violence? What did the riots signify? What do they tell us about French society?
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.


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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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