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Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979$
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Todd Shepard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226493275

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226493305.001.0001

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Power, Resistance, and Sodomy in Post-Algerian France

Power, Resistance, and Sodomy in Post-Algerian France

(p.196) Seven Power, Resistance, and Sodomy in Post-Algerian France
Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979

Todd Shepard

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores why there existed in French discussions the need to link sodomy (here specifically referencing anal sex), violence, and the aftermath of empire to new conceptions of how power functioned was most visible, because invocations of “the Arab man” rung so clearly. It does so by offering a history of sodomy in France and Algeria, focusing on the importance of things like the Evian Accords and sodomy vogue during the development of the phenomenon. Public discussions of sodomy resulted in a deeply ambiguous yet densely productive site of meaning, where it seemed possible to analyse post-decolonization (and postcolonial) specters of violence, shame, and sex both together and to political ends.

Keywords:   Evian Accords, post-decolonization, power, resistance, sodomy, sodomy vogue, violence

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