Nation, Culture and Transnationalism: 1988-2015

Edited by Patrick Crowley

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ISBN: 9781786940216

Publication: July 17, 2017

Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies 8

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Algeria: Nation, Culture and Transnationalism 1988–2015 offers new insights into contemporary Algeria. Drawing on a range of different approaches to the idea of Algeria and to its contemporary realities, the chapters in this volume serve to open up any discourse that would tie ‘Algeria’ to a fixed meaning or construct it in ways that neglect the weft and warp of everyday cultural production and political action. The configuration of these essays invites us to read contemporary cultural production in Algeria not as determined indices of a specific place and time (1988–2015) but as interrogations and explorations of that period and of the relationship between nation and culture. The intention of this volume is to offer historical moments, multiple contexts, hybrid forms, voices and experiences of the everyday that will prompt nuance in how we move between frames of enquiry. These chapters — written by specialists in Algerian history, politics, music, sport, youth cultures, literature, cultural associations and art — offer the granularity of microhistories, fieldwork interviews and studies of the marginal in order to break up a synthetic overview and offer keener insights into the ways in which the complexity of Algerian nation-building are culturally negotiated, public spaces are reclaimed, and Algeria reimagined through practices that draw upon the country’s past and its transnational present.

Patrick Crowley teaches French at University College Cork. He is the author of 'Pierre Michon: The Afterlife of Names' (Peter Lang, 2007). Together with Paul Hegarty he is co-editor of 'Formless: Ways In and Out of Form' (Peter Lang, 2005) and, with Silvia Ross and Noreen Humble, 'Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to the Contemporary' (Maney, 2011).


Algeria: Nation, Culture and Transnationalism 1988-2015   Patrick Crowley

Nation, State and Society
In the Shadow of Revolution   James McDougall
Algeria’s ‘Belle Époque’: Memories of the 1970s as a Window on the Present   Ed McAllister
The Many (Im)possibilities of Contemporary Algerian Judaïtés   Samuel Sami Everett
1988-1992: Multipartism, Islamism and the Descent into Civil War   Malika Rahal
Algerian Heritage Associations: National Identity and Rediscovering the Past   Jessica Northey

Cultural Mediations
Writing in the Aftermath of Two Wars: Algerian Modernism and the Génération ’88   Corbin Treacy
The Persistence of the Image, the Lacunae of History: The Archive and Contemporary Art in Algeria (1992-2012)   Fanny Gillet
Music, Borders and Nationhood in Algeria   Tony Langlois
Algerian Youth on the Move. Capoeira, Street-dance and Parkour: Between Integration and Contestation   Britta Hecking
Sport in Algeria — from national self-assertion to anti-state contestation   Philip Dine
Beyond France-Algeria: The Algerian Novel and the Transcolonial Imagination   Olivia C. Harrison

Performing Algerianness: The National and Transnational Construction of Algeria’s ‘Culture Wars’   Walid Benkhaled and Natalya Vince

Notes on Contributors

“Algeria: Nation, Culture and Transnationalism, 1988–2015 is a welcome effort to shed light on the current state of the country by drawing on historical analysis and cultural studies. Engaged in a decade-long effort to scrutinise the cultural dynamics that shaped colonial and postcolonial subjects, Patrick Crowley has focused on Algeria as a site for the production of exemplary imperialist and revolutionary discourses...

This is a rich and diverse book that brings together numerous inspiring contributions. It far surpasses its stated goal of complexifying our understanding of Algeria, offering insights for rethinking how Algeria has been framed by past and present researchers. Rather than being a merely useful work for specialists of the country and students interested in cultural studies, this volume makes interventions that are both necessary and profound given the current state of the field.”
The Journal of North African Studies


'This volume edited by Patrick Crowley looks at the current state of the country by drawing on cultural studies and historical analysis. It proposes a series of case studies on the representations of contemporary Algeria and their political meanings, with the objective of challenging any political discourse that homogenizes the idea of 'Algerianity.' From a pedagogical perspective, this is a useful resource to understand the role of dominant narratives and key historical references, as well as the formulation of alternative discourses. It is especially effective in challenging the twin narratives presenting a country plagues by 'violence' and 'culture wars.' Last but not least, the volume offers of collection of contribution that illuminates a wide range of issues such as the meanings associated to the memories of the 1970s, the artistic use of audiovidual documents to fight institutional amnesia, the appropriation of the arts of movements (parkour, street dance) by the Algerian youth or the political functions of sports and especially football. Therefore, the book edited by Crowley is a crucial resource to introduce students to the diversity of the country.'
Muriam Haleh Davis, and Thomas Serres, Jadaliyya


Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

296 Pages

ISBN: 9781786940216

Publication: July 17, 2017

Series: Francophone Postcolonial Studies 8

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