Natives against Nativism

Antiracism and Indigenous Critique in Postcolonial France

2023
Author:

Olivia C. Harrison

Examining the intersection of Palestine solidarity movements and antiracist activism in France from the 1970s to the present

In Natives against Nativism, Harrison explores the intersection of anticolonial solidarity and antiracist activism in France from the 1970s to the present. Offering the first relational study of antiracism in France, she observes how claims to Indigeneity have been deployed in multiple directions, both in the ongoing struggle for migrant rights and racial justice, and in white nativist claims in France today.

For the past fifty years, the Palestinian question has served as a rallying cry in the struggle for migrant rights in postcolonial France, from the immigrant labor associations of the 1970s and Beur movements of the 1980s to the militant decolonial groups of the 2000s. In Natives against Nativism, Olivia C. Harrison explores the intersection of anticolonial solidarity and antiracist activism from the 1970s to the present.

Natives against Nativism analyzes a wide range of texts—novels, memoirs, plays, films, and militant archives—that mobilize the twin figures of the Palestinian and the American Indian in a crossed critique of Eurocolonial modernity. Harrison argues that anticolonial solidarity with Palestinians and Indigenous Americans has been instrumental in developing a sophisticated critique of racism across imperial formations—in this case, France, the United States, and Israel.

Serving as the first relational study of antiracism in France, Natives against Nativism observes how claims to Indigeneity have been deployed in multiple directions, both in the ongoing struggle for migrant rights and racial justice, and in white nativist claims in France today.

Olivia C. Harrison is associate professor in the Department of French and Italian and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. She is author of Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization and coeditor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics.

Contents

Prologue

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Palestine as Rallying Cry

2. Jean Genet and the Politics of Betrayal

3. The Contest for Indigeneity in Postcolonial France: On the Republication of Farida Belghoul’s Georgette!

4. Subjects of Photography: Mohamed Rouabhi and the Colonial Cliché

5. Indigeneity at the Borders of Europe: Palestinians and Indians in Jean-Luc Godard’s Films

6. Palestine and the Migrant Question

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Filmography

Index