From the Field

The Americanization of French social movements? Community organizing and its discontents in the “banlieues”

29 June, by Julien Talpin
In this second of two articles, sociologist Julien Talpin discusses the importation to France of American traditions and practices of community organizing. Despite the successful cross-cultural transfer of methods that allow groups to tackle racial issues, which have been difficult to accommodate within the French activist paradigm, American-style community organizing has encountered resistance from the left. Practices imported from the US may nevertheless influence French civil society more subtly by affecting its repertoire of action and its strategies.
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