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IMAGES (V) – Images of (Cultural) Values

The Conference Proceedings

Edited By Veronika Bernard

This collection of articles offers readers a cross-section of current research on contemporary and historical concepts and representations of (cultural) values as documented in popular culture, public space, the arts, works of literature and in ethnic contexts. The contributors to this volume are from the US, Algeria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and Austria. Their very different cultural, ideological, scientific, academic and non-academic perspectives and backgrounds allow insights from many different viewpoints.
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Miloud Barkaoui (Annaba/Algeria) - The Case of Quartier Belsunce in Marseilles: of Maghrebi Immigration, Duality of Image, and Conflicting Cultural Values in France

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Miloud Barkaoui

The Case of Quartier Belsunce in Marseilles: of Maghrebi Immigration, Duality of Image, and Conflicting Cultural Values in France

Abstract This article probes the conflicting images and values related to Maghrebi immigrants in Belsunce, Marseilles. It explores both the cultural geography projected by the dominant political discourse and the cultural space delineated by the Maghrebi community in response to its marginalized status.

Dieser Artikel untersucht die miteinander in Konflikt stehenden Bilder und Werte der maghrebinischen Immigranten im Stadtteil Belsunce in Marseilles. Er erforscht sowohl die kulturelle Geografie, die durch den politischen Mehrheitsdiskurs projiziert wird, als auch den kulturellen Raum, der von der maghrebinischen Gemeinschaft in Reaktion auf ihren marginalisierten Status abgegrenzt wird.

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“…Everything leaves and comes from here. Do you dispute? Hey man, prepare your will. Belsunce, jewel of Phocean neighbourhoods. Caught between la Gare and the Vieux Port, we are not the most pitied ones. At home and outside, we rage on cockcroaches just like Baygon.”1

This is how Bouga’s rap song “Belsunce Breakdown” describes the despair of young fourth-generation immigrants living in the Belsunce neighbourhood, which illustrates more than any other place the signs of difference between immigrants and ethnic French people. Despite the fact that multi-ethnic communities have been living side by side in Belsunce, it has mostly been identified as “quartier arabe” in the popular imagination; mainly because of visible Maghrebi cultural signs and symbols, such...

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