Journal of Romance Studies

Editors’ introduction

Journal of Romance Studies (2005), 5, (3), 1–8.

Abstract

What does it mean to talk about ‘Black Paris’? For more than a century, black communities have contributed to the history and identity of the French capital, particularly as Paris has long been a focus of cultural production for black artists and intellectuals. These communities are composed of migrants from France’s former colonies in North and sub-Saharan Africa as well as French nationals from the French overseas departments of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. However, successive immigration policies have led to a ghettoization of black communities and a subsequent marginalization and stereotyping of black identities in France. The editors’ introduction to this special issue on ‘Black Paris’ outlines the socio-historical evolution of black communities in Paris, providing a contextual framework for the volume as a whole, and highlighting the key issues for understanding the concept of ‘Black Paris’ in twenty-firstcentury France.

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Haigh, Sam

Hitchcott, Nicki