Anthropology Department

Paul SilversteinPaul A. Silverstein

Professor of Anthropology

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Education

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1998
M.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1994
A.B., Anthropology, Princeton University, 1992

Research and Teaching Interests

Immigration, race/ethnicity, nationalism, colonialism/post-coloniality, cultural politics, sport, urban anthropology, historical anthropology, practice theories, Marxian and post-Marxian theory, Islam, Berber activism, France, North Africa, Middle East.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004
  • Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa. Edited with Ussama Makdisi. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006
  • Bourdieu in the Field: Colonial Politics, Ethnographic Practices, Theoretical Developments. Edited with Jane Goodman. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

Journal Articles

  • Sporting Faith: Islam, Soccer, and the French Nation-State. Social Text. 65/18 (4): 25-53, 2000.
  • An Excess of Truth: Violence, Conspiracy Theory, and the Algerian Civil War. Anthropological Quarterly. 75 (4): 641-672, 2002.
  • France's Mare Nostrum: Colonial and Postcolonial Constructions of the French Mediterranean. Journal of North African Studies. 7 (4): 1-22, 2002.
  • Martyrs and Patriots: Ethnic, National, and Transnational Dimensions of Kabyle Politics. Journal of North African Studies. 8 (1): 87-111, 2003.
  • On Rooting and Uprooting: Kabyle Habitus, Domesticity, and Structural Nostalgia. Ethnography. 5 (4): 553-578, 2004.
  • The New Barbarians: Piracy and Terrorism on the North African Frontier. CR: The New Centennial Review. 5 (1): 179-212, 2005.
  • Immigrant Racialization and the New Savage Slot: Race, Migration, and Immigration in the New Europe. Annual Review of Anthropology. 34: 363-384, 2005.
  • The Context of Antisemitism and Islamophobia in France. Patterns of Prejudice. 42 (1): 1-26, 2008.
  • The Cultivation of "Culture" in the Moroccan Amazigh Movement. Review of Middle Eastern Studies. 43 (2): 168-177, 2010.
  • Masquerade Politics: Race, Islam, and the Scales of Amazigh Activism in Southeastern Morocco. Nations and Nationalism. 17 (1): 65-84, 2011.
  • A New Morocco? Amazigh Activism, Political Pluralism, and Anti-Anti-Semitism in the Wake of Tahrir. Brown Journal of World Affairs. 18 (2): 129-140, 2012.
  • In the Name of Culture: Berber Activism and the Material Politics of "Popular Islam" in Southeastern Morocco. Material Religion 8 (3): 330-353, 2012.
  • The Pitfalls of Transnational Consciousness: Amazigh Activism as a Scalar Dilemma. Journal of North African Studies 18(5): 768-778, 2013.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • The Kabyle Myth: The Production of Ethnicity in Colonial Algeria. In From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and Its Futures. Ed. Brian Keith Axel. Durham: Duke University Press, pp. 122-155, 2002.
  • Stadium Politics: Sport, Islam, and Amazigh Consciousness in France and North Africa. In With God on their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion. Ed. Tara Magdalinski and Timothy Chandler. London: Routledge, pp. 37-70, 2002.
  • Why Are We Waiting to Start the Fire?': French Gangsta Rap and the Critique of State Capitalism. In Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture in the Francophone World. Ed. Alain-Philippe Durand. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, pp. 45-67, 2002.
  • Guerilla Capitalism and Ghettocentric Cosmopolitanism in the French Urban Periphery. In Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy. Ed. Melissa Fisher and Gregory Downey. Durham: Duke University Press, pp. 282-304, 2006.
  • The Maghrib Abroad: Immigrant Transpolitics and Cultural Involution in France. In The Maghrib in the New Century: Identity, Religion, and Politics. Ed. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman and Daniel Zissenwine. Ganesville: University of Florida Press, pp. 235-264, 2007.
  • Thin Lines on the Pavement: The Racialization and Spatialization of Violence in Postcolonial (Sub)Urban France. In Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Ed. Kamran Ali and Martina Rieker. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, pp. 169-205, 2008.
  • Kabyle Immigrant Politics and Racialized Citizenship in France. In Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States. Ed. Deborah Reed-Danahay and Caroline B. Brettell. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, pp. 23-42, 2008.
  • The Local Dimensions of Transnational Berberism: Racial Politics, Land Rights, and Cultural Activism in Southeastern Morocco. Berbers and Others: Shifting Parameters of Ethnicity in the Contemporary Maghrib. Ed. Katherine Hoffman and Susan Gilson Miller. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 83-102, 2010.
  • The Fantasy and Violence of Religious Imagination: Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism in France and North Africa. In Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend. Ed. Andrew Shryock. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp 141-171, 2010.
  • Le Patrimoine du ghetto: Rap et racialisation des violences urbains en France. In L'Atlantique Multiracial. Ed. James Cohen, Andrew Diamond, and Philippe Vervaecke. Paris: Karthala, pp. 95-118, 2012.
  • The Pragmatics and Politics of Anthropological Collaboration on the North African Frontier. In Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium. Ed. Sherine Hafez and Susan Slyomovics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 63-78, 2013.
  • The Anthropologist and the Activist. In Encountering Morocco: Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding. Ed. David Crawford and Rachel Newcomb. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 116-130, 2013.

Short Articles, Reviews, etc.

  • Realizing Myth: The Berber Movement in Algeria and France. Middle East Report 200/26 (3): 11-15, 1996.
  • Rebels and Martyrs: Kabyle Mobilization and the Assassination of Lounès Matoub. Middle East Report. 208/28 (3): 3-4, 1998.
  • Regimes of (Un)Truth: Conspiracy Theory and the Transnationalization of the Algerian Civil War. Middle East Report. 214/30 (1): 6-10, 2000.
  • 'No Pardon': Rage and Revolt in Kabylia. Middle East Insight. 16 (4): 61-65, 2001.
  • Headscarves and the French Tricolor. Middle East Report Online. <www.merip.org>. January 29, 2004.
  • Amazigh Activism and the Moroccan State. Middle East Report. 233/34 (4): 44-48 (with David Crawford), 2004.
  • Watching Soap Operas and Making Chips: Silicon Valley Exposed. Review Essay of Work in the New Economy: Flexible Labor Markets in Silicon Valley, Chris Benner (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2002); Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age, Mary Chayko (Albany: SUNY Press, 2002); and The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Justice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy, David Pellow and Lisa Sun-Hee Park (New York: NYU Press. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 28 (2): 477-481, 2004.
  • States of Fragmentation in North Africa. Middle East Report. 237/35 (4): 26-33, 2005.
  • Review of Generous Betrayal: Cultural Pluralism in the New Europe, Uni Wikan (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2002). American Ethnologist. 32 (1), 2005.
  • Review of Affirmative Exclusion: Cultural Pluralism and the Rule of Custom in France, Jean-Loup Amselle (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003). American Anthropologist. 107 (3): 509-510, 2005.
  • Postcolonial Urban Apartheid. Items and Issues. 5 (4): 8-15, 2006.
  • Review of Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age, Herman Lebovics (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004). American Ethnologist. 33 (4), 2006.
  • Review of Policing Paris: The Origins of Modern Immigration Control Between the Wars, Clifford Rosenberg (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006). American Journal of Sociology. 113 (6): 1787-1790, 2008.
  • The Veil Controversy in France. Review Essay of The Politics of the Veil, Joan Scott (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006) and Why the French Don't Like Headscarves, John R. Bowen (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007). Middle East Studies Bulletin. 42 (1-2): 120-122, 2009.
  • Review of Berber Culture on the World Stage: From Village to Video, Jane E. Goodman (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005). International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 41 (1): 164-166, 2009.
  • The Tragedy and Farce of French Football Politics. Periscope Web Forum on the World Cup. Social Text. <www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/2010/07/the-tragedy-and-farce-of-french-football-politics.php>, 2010.
  • Review of Village Matters: Knowledge, Politics, and Community in Kabylia, Algeria, Judith Scheele (Oxford: James Currey, 2009). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.). 16: 429-430. 2010.
  • Review of Ethnicity, Inc., John L. and Jean Comaroff (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009). Journal of Consumer Culture. 11 (1): 127-129.
  • Weighing Morocco's New Constitution. Middle East Report Online. <http://www.merip.org/mero/mero070511>, July 5, 2011.
  • Review of Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Urban Life in Morocco, Rachel Newcomb (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). American Anthropologist. 113 (3): 524-525, 2011.
  • Review of The Harkis: The Wound that Never Heals, Vincent Crapanzano (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011). Anthropological Quarterly. 84 (4): 1035-1038.
  • Review of Violent Modernity: France in Algeria, Abdelmajid Hannoum (Cambridge: Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2010). International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 44 (1): 199-201, 2012.
  • Review of We Share Walls: Language, Land, and Gender in Berber Morocco, Katherine E. Hoffman (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008). Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22 (1): 120-121, 2012.
  • Review of Collective Terms: Race, Culture and Community in a State-Planned City in France, Beth S. Epstein (New York: Berghahn Books, 2011). French Politics, Culture and Society 31 (1): 144-146, 2013.
  • Review of Norbert Elias and Modern Sociology: Knowledge, Interdependence, Power, Process, Eric Dunning and Jason Hughes (London: Bloomsbury, 2013). H-France Review 13 (November, no. 184): 1-6. http://www.h-france.net/vol13reviews/vol13no184silverstein.pdf, 2013.
  • Review of Empire's Children: Race, Filiation, and Citizenship in the French Colonies. Emmanuelle Saada (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012). French History 28(1): 127-129, 2013.
  • Review of Le Proche et le lointain: Une siècle d'anthropologie au Maroc. Hassan Rachik (Marseille: Editions Parenthèses/MMSH). Journal of North African Studies. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13629387.2014.890350#.Uw_mm16kXh8, 2014.
  • The Response to the Dieudonné Affair in France Risks Demonising French Minority Groups in the Name of Tolerance. EUROPP: European Politics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 27 February. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2014/02/27/the-response-to-the-dieudonne-affair-in-france-risks-demonising-french-minority-groups-in-the-name-of-tolerance/, 2014.

Courses

Anth 211: Introduction to Anthropology - Syllabus PDF
Anth 355: Anthropology of Colonialism - Syllabus PDF
Anth 361: The Middle East: Culture and Politics - Syllabus PDF
Anth 380: Anthropology of Class - Syllabus PDF
Anth 461: Theories of Practice
LBST 556: Race and the Immigrant Experience