JADMAG Issue 2.1 "The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution"

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The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution

Edited by Muriam Haleh Davis


In July 2012, Algeria celebrated its fiftieth anniversary of independence, which signaled the victory of the FLN (National Liberation Front) over the French army. Despite five decades of Algerian independence, much of the work done on Algeria continues to focus on the colonial period. This pedagogical publication seeks to interrogate Algerian history since 1962 and considers how the revolution unleashed multiple socio-political dynamics that continue to mark contemporary Algeria. These articles demonstrate that the revolution was not merely a historical bookmark, but rather produced repertoires of contestations, ideas about a “social contract,” and served as the basis for legitimacy that could be later “confiscated.” As Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika runs for a controversial fourth term in April 2014, these articles offer a timely view into the historical construction of the Algerian state since 1962.



Table of Contents



Introduction to the Roundtable: The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution, pg. 3

by Muriam Haleh Davis




Still Standing: Algeria's Future Past, pg. 5

by James McDougall

Impossible Opposition: The Magic of the One-Party Regime, pg. 6

 by Malika Rahal

Reimagining the Belle Epoque: Remembering Nation-Building in an Algiers Neighborhood, pg.10

by Ed McAllister

"Give us Back our Oil": Claims for Justice in Light of Algeria's Colonial Past, pg. 13

by Thomas Serres

1962 as Event and Metaphor in Women's Oral Histories in Algeria, pg.16 

by Natalya Vince 

Testing Diversity, Researching the Invisible: The Jew, the Israelite, and the Margins of Algerian National Identity (in France), pg. 19

by Samuel Everett


About the Authors


About the Authors, pg. 22


Pedagogical Resources


Annotated Bibliography, pg. 23




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