Twilight of the elites : prosperity, the periphery, and the future of France

Crépuscule de la France d'en haut. English
Guilluy, Christophe author

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  • Creator Christophe Guilluy ; translated from the French by Malcolm DeBevoise
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019] ©2019
  • Physical Details
    • 177 pages ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9780300233766, 0300233760
  • OCLC on1079374903


  • Christophe Guilluy, a French geographer, makes the case that France has become an "American society" - one that is both increasingly multicultural and increasingly unequal. The divide between the global economy's winners and losers in today's France has replaced the old left-right split, leaving many on "the periphery." As Guilluy shows, there is no unified French economy, and those cut off from the country's new economic citadels suffer disproportionately on both economic and social fronts. In Guilluy's analysis, the lip service paid to the idea of an "open society" has emerged in France as a smoke screen meant to hide the emergence of a closed society, walled off for the benefit of the upper classes. The ruling classes in France are reaching a dangerous stage, he argues; without the stability of a growing economy, the hope for those excluded from growth is extinguished, undermining the legitimacy of a multicultural nation.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Translated from the French.
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