Anticolonial Struggles in Metropolitan France: A study on the Parti des Indigènes de la Républic

Arce Bayona & Jose Joaquin

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


On October 28th 2005, the death of Zyad Benna and Bouna Traoré, French youth of immigrant parents, at Clichy-sous-Bois, provoked the eruption of three weeks of rioting that quickly spread from the Parisian quartiers populaires (marginalised neighbourhoods) to the rest of France. Media coverage was symptomatic in its homogenising of a heterogeneous population, externalizing the youth of the banlieues as a foreign, hostile other, despite the fact that many of these youths were actually French citizens. Intellectuals and leftist organization, while more sympathetic, saw in the riots a lack of a political direction that could take its subversive potential, to orient it towards a revolutionary dynamic. Absent from both analyses was the long history against racialized oppression in France. The riots were symptomatic of a process that has been long in the making not only in France, but all over Europe: the emergence of multicultural minority communities engaged in social movements and political organizations in European urban centres. This study is an attempt to explore the emergence of one of those political organizations: the Parti des Indigènes de la Républic (PIR). The focus is upon their critical thinking and philosophies. I draw on decolonial theories and methodologies, as well as woman of colour feminism, to engage with some of the key text produced by the PIR. I conclude that the PIR makes important contributions to: understanding the relation between the state and communities of colour in France; our understandings of contemporary dynamics of colonization/decolonization; and provide relevant political strategies for articulating anti-colonial struggles with other forms of emancipatory struggles from within metropolitan societies. Their subaltern knowledge is relevant to geography to the extent that it provides novel conceptualizations of the relationship between time, space, domination/resistance and political subjectivities.

UddannelserGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015


  • Decolonial Theory, counter-hegemonic movements, subalter knowledges