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Breaking the Silence: French Women's Voices from the Ghetto

Breaking the Silence: French Women's Voices from the Ghetto
Author: Fadela Amara - Sylvia Zappi
ISBN 13: 9780520246218
ISBN 10: 520246217
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2006-04-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 186
List Price: $34.95

"The translation of Breaking the Silence allows us, finally, to listen directly to the voices of Muslim women in France. Fadela Amara's book is at once autobiography, an analysis of the degradation of male-female relations in France's working-class suburbs, and an engrossing chronicle of a political movement. Helen Chenut's deft translation and comprehensive introduction shows us complex universe inhabited by young women of North African descent in contemporary France."—Susanna Barrows, author of Drinking: Behavior and Belief in Modern History

"This book delivers a timely and evocative corrective to stereotypes of Muslim women. Amara discusses with sensitivity the complex gender position of Muslim women in a Western European country in which the conflict between liberal republican ideals and cultural norms has had particularly violent consequences for women. Chenut's fine translation brings Amara's words to life and her excellent introduction places the Muslim women's movement in the context of the racial and cultural tensions that plague France's banlieues today."—Laura Levine Frader, co-editor, Gender and Class in Modern Europe