MISSOULA – A University of Montana visiting professor and alumna explores the intersection of immigration, surveillance, social welfare and the legacy of colonialism – as well as lessons for today’s immigration situation – in her recently published book.
Dr. Gillian Glaes published “African Political Activism in Postcolonial France: State Surveillance and Social Welfare” with Routledge Press. The book focuses on the political lives of African immigrants in France during the 1960s and ’70s and relates to contemporary issues such as national identity and race. It is available for purchase online at https://bit.ly/2MWrlnc.
In her book,
Community leaders such as Sally N’Dongo became prominent political figures within France’s postcolonial social, political and media landscapes. He and his fellow immigrants’ stories suggest that immigrants had and have the power to influence public discourse and shape public policy. For example, during the Cold War, the French state not only monitored and watched these and other immigrant
While set in the recent past, this book provides important commentary on how immigrant communities contribute to host societies in diverse ways and the power of public policy to assist or challenge them. It has much to tell about the politics of immigration today in Europe, the U.S. and throughout the world.
“My hope is that the research and findings from my book can provide some valuable lessons and perspective for today’s discussions and proposed legislation on immigration,”
“In a moment where the U.S. federal government is separating immigrants’ families and discussions persist of border walls in the U.S. and apartheid in France, it’s important for us to not repeat mistakes of the past and to learn from other countries while reflecting on our own history of immigration and what our current and future paths will be.”