Comparing Frenchs in Casablanca and London: A Daring Experimentation As an Original Socio-Historical Approach of Post-Colonial Memory
Actually, I argue that everything can be compared if justified as said by the French historian, Marcel Detienne (2000) to dare experimentation and constructivism. In my PhD, the comparison with ethnographic and qualitative methods within both cities allowed to go beyond the methodological nationalism. As French schools and teacher's position were compared, this method provided strong results on French colonial memory. Actually, as an unexpected results, comparing a city in Morocco, that is obviously a French post-colonial one (1912-1956), it reminded that London and a part of UK could be considered like an old French colony (Anglo-Normand) after 1066.
In term of colonial memory, this is revealed in some interviewees and readings on history of international relations, especially French-English relations (Tombs, That sweet Ennemies, 2006). The rivalries also emerge from French expression like « Perfide Albion » and daily jokes in English tabloids or Rugby games between national teams.
Finally, this sociological comparison looks important to avoid the continuation of the theft of history (Goody, 2006) as it shows complexity in international relations on a long term period. In this case, it shows for example that international relation are more ambivalent than the recent post-colonial memory.