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A Small City in France Paperback – April 9, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0674810976 ISBN-10: 067481097X Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (April 9, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067481097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674810976
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Françoise Gaspard's account of how the Front National was able to put down roots in the small town of Dreux, sixty miles west of Paris, is a highly interesting work of political anthropology...[Gaspard] has delved deep into the history of Dreux...The book has been well translated by Arthur Goldhammer, and offers a brilliant portrayal of the lost civilization of small-town France. It describes with accuracy and insight, as well as with passion, the cultural tensions between locals and immigrants which grew up in the new suburbs and their gleeful exploitation by the Front National, for whom a Muslim-run shop that wouldn't sell ham was a political gift. (Peter Morris Times Literary Supplement)

An elegant case study of the appearance in France of the racist Front National (FN). Gaspard, a historian and native of Dreux, the city in question, was its mayor and parliamentary deputy when the FN broke through in the mid-1980s...This is an ominous and profound story, made all the more compelling by Goldhammer's stellar translation. A Small City in France may sound far away, but, with similar phenomena threatening in other parts of Europe and North America, it may be closer then we realize. (George Ross Contemporary Sociology)

This intelligently constructed book is not the apologia of a defeated politician. It is an ethnographic and social history of more than French importance, for the problems of accelerated growth and abrupt decline which the author describes are international. (Phoebe-Lou Adams The Atlantic)

The most significant book I have read on France in the Fifth Republic. Dreux's story is that of France. In considering the Front National, Gaspard does not simply condemn, she explains. Especially, her consideration of the problem of citizenship and the question of how to make democracy work in times of crisis is powerful. (John Merriam, Yale University)

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The most significant book I have read on France in the Fifth Republic. Dreux's story is that of France. In considering the Front National, Gaspard does not simply condemn, she explains. Especially, her consideration of the problem of citizenship and the question of how to make democracy work in times of crisis is powerful.
--John Merriam, Yale University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rastignac on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Gaspard, a historian and the one-time socialist mayor of the small town of Dreux, sets out to explain how the extreme-right National Front took control of the municipal council of Dreux in the 1980s. What follows is an insightful and provocative analysis of the failure of politics in an era of changing economic fortunes. There's much to learn here on patterns of immigration, town planning, and local politics. It is not beach reading, but should be considered essential for anyone who wants to understand the crisis of integration in France today.
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7 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Grome on September 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am astonished that this book might be the support material of a Harvard course...

First of all, there is a massive mistake on the backcover of the book "Jean-Francois Le Pen" is in fact "Jean-Marie Le Pen". It is such an obvious mistake - it looks like a joke !

But OK, let's admit it's only a translation mistake, it doesn't change the overall quality of the book.

Just to let you know, the author is part of the left side of the french left wing - She is a typical example of the generation of "soixante-huitard" french intellectuals, who use to support the maoism if not the stalinism.
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0 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
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very interesting village in franc
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