From North Africa to France: Family Migration in Text and Film

Isabel Hollis

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    Over the past four decades immigration to France from the Francophone countries of North Africa has changed in character. For much of the twentieth century, migrants who crossed the Mediterranean to France were men seeking work, who frequently undertook manual labour, working long hours in difficult conditions. Recent decades have seen an increase in family reunification - the arrival of women and children from North Africa, either accompanying their husbands or joining them in France. Contemporary creative representations of migration are shaped by this shift in gender and generation from a solitary, mostly male experience to one that included women and children. Just as the shift made new demands of the 'host' society, it made new demands of authors and filmmakers as they seek to represent migration. This study reveals how text and film present new ways of thinking about migration, moving away from the configuration of the migrant as man and worker, to take women, children and the ties between them into account.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherIGRS Books
    Commissioning bodyInstitute of Modern Languages Research
    Number of pages164
    ISBN (Print)0854572406, 978-0854572403
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2015

    Publication series

    Nameigrs books
    NameIGRS, University of London


    • France, migration, North Africa, gender, literature, film


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