- an outstanding and original work on the experience of immigration and the kind of suffering involved in living in a society and culture which is not one’s own;
- describes how immigrants are compelled, out of respect for themselves and the group that allowed them to leave their country of origin, to play down the suffering of emigration;
- Abdelmalek Sayad, was an Algerian scholar and close associate of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu - after Sayad’s death, Bourdieu undertook to assemble these writings for publication;
- this book will transform the reader’s understanding of the issues surrounding immigration.
A Note on Terminology.
1 The Original Sin And The Collective Lie.
2 The Three Ages Of Emigration.
3 An Exemplary Immigration.
4 Nationalism And Emigration.
5 The Backlash On The Society Of Origin.
6 A Relationship Of Domination.
7 The Wrongs Of The Absentee.
8 The Immigrant: ‘Os For Life’.
9 Illness, Suffering And The Body.
10 The Weight Of Words.
Appendix: Three Interviews About Identity.
12 Immigration And ‘State Thought’.
Bibliography: The Writings Of Abdelmalek Sayad