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The Algerian wife or “I'amour n'a pas d'age”



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Young male immigrants from North Africa come to France as much to defy a sense of globally structured exclusion as to escape the effects of other geo-political stresses. While most anthropological work on Islam and North African youth in France documents a return to conservative Islam, this letter dis-cusses another response to this same experience by illegal North African im-migrants living in France. The response described here is one of humour, ro-mance, and a continued desire to join the West rather than a rejection or chal-lenge to French society. This letter provides ethnographic data on the phe-nomenon described above and so gives a view from the street of how ro-mance may be one of the most important preoccupations of the clandestine male.

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  • Aileen Nielsen, 2009. "The Algerian wife or “I'amour n'a pas d'age”," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 6(2), pages 185-193, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:6:y:2009:i:2:p:185-193

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    male migration; North Africa; France; love; romance;


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