Algerian Heritage Associations: National Identity and Rediscovering the Past

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    This chapter explores the work of a number of Algerian cultural heritage associations, which, since the freedom of association was greatly enhanced by the 1990 Associations law, appear to challenge, to redefine or to promote new conceptions of Algerian history and identity. Since the re-launching of the EU’s cooperation programmes in Algeria in the early 2000s, a number of these associations have received small grants to support their work. From promoting Berber cultural identity, to re-exploring the colonial past of the city of Oran, this chapter analyses the confrontations between these associations, the state and external donors such as the EU, as associations negotiate new and more inclusive conceptions of the past.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAlgeria: Nation, Culture and Transnationalism 1988-2015
    EditorsPatrick Crowley
    Place of PublicationLiverpool
    PublisherLiverpool University Press
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)978-1-78694-021-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventThe EU and the Southern Mediterranean: Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century ISS21 Migration and Integration Cluster and Department of French - University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
    Duration: 3 Jul 20155 Jul 2015

    Publication series

    NameFrancophone Postcolonial Studies


    ConferenceThe EU and the Southern Mediterranean

    Bibliographical note

    Jessica Northey carried out fieldwork in Algeria between 2007 and 2014 interviewing over 200 local associations. This research presents findings related to cultural heritage associations and their impact upon civil society relations wtih the state and national identity in Algeria.


    • Algeria
    • Nation
    • transnationalism
    • Cultural Heritage


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