Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2018

Project Type

Senior Thesis

College or School



International Affairs

Program or Major

International Affairs

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

Tina Beyene


Through studying banlieues , their structures and influence on the individual, this paper will prove physical and structural policies perpetuate racial and economic disenfranchisement in France. In the following sections this paper will briefly inform the reader of France’s current racial climate, and how the most negative eruptions of civil unrest grow in the banlieues , while also commenting on literature surrounding France’s societal and political climate and scholarly work focused on relations studies. Later it will address the shortcomings of studies taking place in France and the importance of continued scholarly analysis and explanations of French society’s expectations of its citizens. Through discourse analysis of interviews, conducted by magazine writers and subsequently published in notable magazines like TIME, with people of diverse backgrounds who live in French banlieues, and visual analysis of Paris maps, namely the public transportation availability map, in this paper, the reader will uncover the hidden aspects of French society including the continued disenfranchisement of minorities that are within the banlieues.