Multiculturalism and the Changing Face of Europe
Beginning with what the leaders of its three largest economies described in 2010/2011 as the ‘failure of multiculturalism’, this chapter explores issues of identity, race, and belonging in British and French science fiction, with case studies of urban dystopias in Paris and London, both European economic powerhouses in addition to being two of the most ethnically diverse cities in the EU. Exploring how the dystopian Shank (Mo Ali 2010) and alien invasion narrative Attack the Block (Joe Cornish 2011) respond to a succession of failed social policies in the UK, the chapter then focuses upon a trio of French banlieue sf films, which, for all that they strive to critique social inequality, inadvertently conspire to reinforce pre-existing, racially informed power structures.
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