New Release Books by Todd Shepard

Todd Shepard is the author of Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962–1979 (2021), Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979 (2018), Voices of Decolonization (2016), Bapello (2009) and , The Invention of Decolonization (2008).

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Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962–1979

release date: Jun 05, 2021
Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962–1979
The aftermath of Algeria’s revolutionary war for independence coincided with the sexual revolution in France, and in this book Todd Shepard argues that these two movements are inextricably linked.​ Sex, France, and Arab Men is a history of how and why—from the upheavals of French Algeria in 1962 through the 1970s—highly sexualized claims about Arabs were omnipresent in important public French discussions, both those that dealt with sex and those that spoke of Arabs. Shepard explores how the so-called sexual revolution took shape in a France profoundly influenced by the ongoing effects of the Algerian revolution. Shepard’s analysis of both events alongside one another provides a frame that renders visible the ways that the fight for sexual liberation, usually explained as an American and European invention, developed out of the worldwide anticolonial movement of the mid-twentieth century.

Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979

release date: Jan 08, 2018
Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979
Sex talk and the post-Algerian history of France -- The far right and the reinvigoration of sexual orientalism in post-decolonization France -- May '68, "Arab perversion," and anti-Arab racism -- The Algerian revolution and Arab men in the fight for sexual revolution -- Homosociality, "human contact," and the specter of the Arab man in the post-'68 French gay world -- Prostitution and the Arab man, 1945-1975: Algerian pimps and the "takeover" of the "whores of France" -- Prostitution and the Arab man, 1962-1979: prostitutes, Arab clients, and "the traffic in white women" -- Power, resistance, and sodomy in post-Algerian France -- Rape as metaphor in the 1970s -- Rape as act in the 1970s -- The erotics of Algerian difference, 1979-2016

Voices of Decolonization

release date: Apr 15, 2016
Voices of Decolonization
This unprecedented volume shows how and why mid-twentieth-century decolonization transformed societies and cultures and continues to shape today’s world. The introduction explores decolonization as both a historical era and an aspirational movement. A rich collection of primary sources combines the voices of the colonized and the colonizers in Africa, Asia, and throughout the world to recapture the intensity and variety of the independence struggles. Organized chronologically and topically, the documents reveal how and why formal decolonization, once an unimaginable prospect to imperialists, came quickly to seem inevitable. Maps, document headnotes, a chronology, questions to consider, and a bibliography enrich students’ understanding of decolonization and its enduring consequences.

The Invention of Decolonization

release date: Jan 01, 2008
The Invention of Decolonization
In this account of the Algerian War's effect on French political structures and notions of national identity, Todd Shepard asserts that the separation of Algeria from France was truly a revolutionary event with lasting consequences for French social and political life. For more than a century, Algeria had been legally and administratively part of France; after the bloody war that concluded in 1962, it was other—its eight million Algerian residents deprived of French citizenship while hundreds of thousands of French pieds noirs were forced to return to a country that was never home. This rupture violated the universalism that had been the essence of French republican theory since the late eighteenth century. Shepard contends that because the amputation of Algeria from the French body politic was accomplished illegally and without explanation, its repercussions are responsible for many of the racial and religious tensions that confront France today. In portraying decolonization as an essential step in the inexorable "tide of history," the French state absolved itself of responsibility for the revolutionary change it was effecting. It thereby turned its back not only on the French of Algeria—Muslims in particular—but also on its own republican principles and the 1958 Constitution. From that point onward, debates over assimilation, identity, and citizenship—once focused on the Algerian "province/colony"—have troubled France itself. In addition to grappling with questions of race, citizenship, national identity, state institutions, and political debate, Shepard also addresses debates in Jewish history, gender history, and queer theory.
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