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William F.S. Miles
Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
National Versus Racial Identity In The French States of America: The 2007 Elections in Context

One million French citizens, mostly Black descendents of African slaves, reside in the three French States of America (FSA) in the greater Caribbean. Deviating from classical patterns of nationalism and democracy, since 1946 the FSA have voluntarily undergone “decolonization without sovereignty”: transformation from colonial status by rejecting independence and integrating within France. NEH research will assess this strategy, especially as it challenges democratization theory. FSA participation in the 2007 French presidential elections will provide recent context for analysis. Colonial history, sociology of race, and comparative politics will be invoked, in book chapter and journal articles, to assess six decades of statehood in the FSA.

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Project fields:
Political Science, General

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2007 – 8/31/2007