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The Resource French hospitality : racism and North African immigrants, Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Barbara Bray

French hospitality : racism and North African immigrants, Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Barbara Bray

Label
French hospitality : racism and North African immigrants
Title
French hospitality
Title remainder
racism and North African immigrants
Statement of responsibility
Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Barbara Bray
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Contributor
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
The award-winning novelist and author of the international bestseller Racism Explained to My Daughter uses his own experience to illuminate the experience of the Other in his adopted land and everywhere. A Moroccan who emigrated to France in 1971, Tahar Ben Jelloun draws upon his own encounters with racism along with his insights as a practicing psychologist and gifted novelist to elucidate the racial divisions that plague contemporary society. In a modern France where openly racist leaders such as National Front spokesman Jean-Marie Le Pen have made significant strides toward broad popular acceptance, Ben Jelloun's book is more topical now than ever. His profound and compelling appeal for tolerance in both public discourse and the law is a passionate yet reasoned argument that racism simply does not make sense in the multicultural world of today. French Hospitality confronts issues of international resonance: the relationship of a formerly colonized people to their onetime colonizers, the encounter between Islam and the modern Judeo-Christian West, and the status of the non-European minorities in Europe today. Underlying these issues is a heartfelt nostalgia for simple, traditional North African hospitality as practiced since time immemorial by a relatively poor and unsophisticated society. Ben Jelloun supplements this rather noble ideal of generosity and welcoming by borrowing the philosophical concept of hospitality the opening of oneself to another from the works of Emmanuel Lévinas and Jacques Derrida in order to illustrate the moral conception of a nation's unconditional acceptance of foreigners. Isn't the belief in welcoming strangers a fundamental mark of civilization? In a political climate where increasingly repressive immigration laws are a national trend as well as an international phenomenon, he contends, it is not surprising that racism has gained a foothold. Most hurt by racist polemic and politics, he points out, are children of immigrants born in France, their memories are those of the French people, and they deserve to be treated with the full respect afforded to any citizen. With his elegant and imaginative prose, Ben Jelloun shows us both racism's face and the immigrant's heartbreak; but he also evokes the wind of freedom and the ideal of hospitality, and with this gesture offers a kind of hope in extricating ourselves from racism's recidivist incoherencies. --
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contains biographical information
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DLC
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1944-
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Ben Jelloun, Tahar
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Bray, Barbara
Series statement
European perspectives
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  • North Africans
  • North Africans
  • Racism
  • France
Label
French hospitality : racism and North African immigrants, Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Barbara Bray
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-145) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 63
  • 4
  • Selective Indignation
  • 73
  • 5
  • A Sordid Image
  • 79
  • 6
  • The Old and the New
  • 85
  • 1
  • 7
  • The State as Salesman
  • 111
  • 8
  • The Myth of Return
  • 119
  • 9
  • The Aesthetes of Silence
  • 127
  • The Laws of Hospitality
  • 37
  • 2
  • A Racism Both Deep and Superficial
  • 47
  • 3
  • A Peaceful Popular Racism
Control code
ocm41419605
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
153 pages
Isbn
9780231113762
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)41419605
Label
French hospitality : racism and North African immigrants, Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Barbara Bray
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-145) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 63
  • 4
  • Selective Indignation
  • 73
  • 5
  • A Sordid Image
  • 79
  • 6
  • The Old and the New
  • 85
  • 1
  • 7
  • The State as Salesman
  • 111
  • 8
  • The Myth of Return
  • 119
  • 9
  • The Aesthetes of Silence
  • 127
  • The Laws of Hospitality
  • 37
  • 2
  • A Racism Both Deep and Superficial
  • 47
  • 3
  • A Peaceful Popular Racism
Control code
ocm41419605
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
153 pages
Isbn
9780231113762
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)41419605

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