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By Andrea L. Smith

Maltese settlers in colonial Algeria had by no means lived in France, yet as French voters have been all of sudden “repatriated” there after Algerian independence in 1962. In France this day, those pieds-noirs are frequently linked to “Mediterranean” traits, the persisting tensions surrounding the French-Algerian warfare, and far-right, anti-immigrant politics. via their social golf equipment, they've got solid an identification within which Malta, now not Algeria, is the unifying ancestral place of origin. Andrea L. Smith makes use of historical past and ethnography to argue that students have didn't account for the impression of colonialism on Europe itself. She explores nostalgia and collective reminiscence; the settlers’ liminal place within the colony as subalterns and colonists; and selective forgetting, during which Malta replaces Algeria, the “true” place of birth, that is now inaccessible, fraught with guilt and contradiction. The learn offers perception into race, ethnicity, and nationalism in Europe in addition to cultural context for figuring out political developments in modern France.

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There were the Maltese who were in North Africa long before the French, such as my family, and then there were French of various regions, the Italians, and the Spanish. You should speak with our friend who is in charge of the association of the rapatriés d’Oranie [repatriates from the Algerian department of Oran]. ” I asked them if they thought I should consider studying all of the various European migrations to Algeria, or if there was something unique about the Maltese experience in the colony.

You see, these people here,” gesturing this time to the entire room, “they are not really here. They are not here. Sure, they are here physically, certainly, but not mentally. ” Colonialism was in many respects a foundational project charting the course of several European countries, such as France, the Netherlands, Britain, and Portugal. This may be nowhere more apparent today than in the changing face of social life since decolonization. The Maltese social clubs are a subset of the hundreds of clubs pieds-noirs have formed in an effort to make a home for themselves in postcolonial Europe.

Xenophobia and the integration of foreigners are aspects of the “new” Europe, and the arrival of more visibly different ex-colonized peoples is often considered a starting point for racial strife or proto-fascist nationalist movements across the continent (Brubaker 1989; Castles, Booth, and Wallace 1984; Cole 1997; Noiriel 1996; Schnapper 1992; Weil 1991; Wihtol de Wenden 1987; Wieviorka 1992). 32 Social scientists are only now beginning to consider the many ways that the migration to Europe of 5 to 8 million colonial “repatriates” has had lasting effects (see Smith 2003).

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