A recent TV report on French TV channel France 2 showing women being rejected from a cafe in Greater Paris suburb Clichy-sous-Bois provoked a nation-wide debate on whether women are actually victims of exclusionary practices in French banlieues. This chapter aims to address this question by looking at a broad array of novels set in banlieues written by female authors and/ or having female protagonists. A systematic analysis of the female characters' access to space, relations with the other gender as well as the relative importance they attribute to gender violence among other forms of socio-economic segregation they tackle is used to shed light on how women and space are perceived within the marginalised communities themselves.
|Translated title of the contribution||Right to the city in feminine: women, space and violence in contemporary banlieue narratives|
|Title of host publication||La ville : quel genre ?|
|Subtitle of host publication||L’espace public à l’épreuve du genre|
|Editors||Corinne Luxembourg, Edna Hernandez-Gonzalez, Emanuelle Faure|
|Place of Publication||Paris|
|Publisher||Le Temps des Cerises|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Mar 2017|