Grassroots Political Militants: Banlieusards and Politics

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David in Atlanta
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Jul 8 2007 18:48
Grassroots Political Militants: Banlieusards and Politics
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By Emilio Quadrelli

French cities burst back into flames after President Sarkozy’s election on a ‘clean the scum off the streets with a high-pressure hose’ ticket. It won't be the last time, as long as the factors necessitating the mass revolt of November 2005 remain in place, in France and elsewhere. This text, based on Emilio Quadrelli's interviews in the Paris banlieues during and after the 2005 events, overthrows the whole spectrum of slurs against the racialised, pathologised racaille. The myth of an all-boy riot is trashed by female combatant leaders, and leftist commonplaces incur special scorn, above all those about the inarticulate cry for help of the ‘socially excluded’

http://www.metamute.org/en/Grassroots-political-militants-Banlieusards-and-politics

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Jul 8 2007 22:44

I've had a bit of a look at this, it seems interesting although the analysis is coloured by black nationalism and what looks like a dash of maoism too. Doubt it helps having been doubly translated, when I have some time I'll go through it properly, especially the stuff about targeting employment agencies.

David in Atlanta
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Jul 9 2007 17:18

I didn't have time to go through it throughly myself. I especially wanted your feedback and anyone else in France.
Assuming this is the same guy, the author sounds like an interesting chap, not your run of the mill left academic:

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Emilio Quadrelli was born in Genoa in 1956. In his youth he spent time in prison for criminal association and offences against property. Following his time in prison, he graduated with a degree in Letters, was rehabilitated and obtained a research doctorate. In addition, he has undertaken a career as a body builder and weight lifter, and has begun to work as a social researcher. He has written essays and published research reports on gym culture, criminal professions and immigration.