The Language of 2020 and What it Tells Us about American Power

Words are a product of power and can also be used as an instrument of the same.  These assertions – by Pierre Bourdieu, the famed French sociolinguist –  rang particularly true in 2020.  “Viral” and “virus” were snatched back from Silicon Valley by nature while the remainder of the year’s lexicon reflected American economic and … More The Language of 2020 and What it Tells Us about American Power

French Rap and Hip-Hop and the Geographies of Masculinity, Race, and Americanization in French Cities

A beloved French rapper, Maître Gims, sheds light onto the complexities of defining race in France. It’s a story that you are unlikely to find elsewhere but has recently been captured by Netflix. A story of a Congolese man whose parents struggled to find their roots in France, of children being cared for under a … More French Rap and Hip-Hop and the Geographies of Masculinity, Race, and Americanization in French Cities

International Security Policy for Angry Immigrant Men: Revisiting Post 9-11 Foreign Policy through French Film

Images from lower Manhattan are what are emblazoned in our minds when the words “hijacked commercial flight by radical islamists” come to mind. Yet, L’Assaut (The Assault), a 2010 French film, reminds us that this was not the first time that this scenario had played out. A practice run targeting the Eiffel Tower had already … More International Security Policy for Angry Immigrant Men: Revisiting Post 9-11 Foreign Policy through French Film