Reappropriating the Banlieue Space in Nanterre




The banlieue (French suburbs) space consists in an organized classist and racist urban segregation. In this text, Mogniss H. Abdallah, one of the key figures of the 1980s anti-racist struggle in France, shows how undignifying state-funded housing were reappropriated by their residents in the Paris banlieues.

Translated from French by Robin Jaslet.

Article published in The Funambulist 21 (January-February 2019) Space & Activism. Click here to access the rest of the issue.


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Aerial photographs of the Petit Nanterre in 1968 (left) and 1971 (right). The first one shows one of the shantytowns, destroyed in the second that shows the Gutenberg transit quarters at the bottom. / Created by Léopold Lambert (2017) based on IGN photographs.