Anti-Semitism in France: Past and present

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This article discusses the so-called newness of today's antisemitism through the historical and social specificities of antisemitism in French society. It casts light on the continuities of antisemitic discourse in France, but also its transformation in relation to the French colonial heritage and the recent ‘communitarianisation’ of France's social life. This analysis of antisemitism is furthered by the presentation of two case-studies: the controversial discourses of comedian Dieudonné and Kémi Séba, leader of a black supremacist movement called Tribu KA which stirred controversies in the 2000s. These two examples emphasise the fact that antisemitic discourse is better understood as a narrative about downward social mobility and status, which hardly makes antisemitism new.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-274
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Societies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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