Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Modern Languages and Literatures
french, cartoons, muslim
This combined thesis for Political Science and French and Francophone Studies will address the issue of political cartooning in relation to democracy. This thesis will show how political cartooning explores the ambiguities and contradictions of citizenship for Muslims in France. Cartoons reveal the ostracizing of citizens, the challenges of integration, and the difficulties of discovering an identity as an immigrant through explicit, shocking, and often uncomfortable imagery. By analyzing the backlash against cartoons, the effects of cartoons on the Muslim minority in France, and the ways in which traditional French cartooning has the potential to be a positive force for social change, the absolute necessity of political cartooning to democracy becomes evident. To show the invaluable relationship between democracy and political cartooning, I analyze controversies surrounding Charlie Hebdo and their implications, Riad Sattouf’s graphic novel “The Arab of the Future” and its relation to French Muslim identity and integration, and the organization of Cartooning for Peace and the ways in which cartooning can encourage world-wide inclusion of minorities.
Enger, Ashley, "Cartooning for Peace? The Necessity of Political Cartooning to Democracy and Understanding the Struggle of Inclusion Exclusion and Citizenship for French Muslims" (2016). Honors Theses and Student Projects. 621.