Imperial Identities: Stereotyping, Prejudice and Race in Colonial Algeria (Society & Culture in the Modern Middle East)
By: Patricia M. E. Lorcin (author)Hardback
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This account of Algerian history explores the process through which ethnic categories and cultural distinctions were developed and used as instruments of social control in a colonial society. Lorcin examines the circumstances which gave rise to, and the influences which shaped, the colonial images of "good" Kabyle and "bad" Arab (usually referred to as the Kabyle Myth) in Algeria. She demonstrates how these images were used to negate the underlying beliefs and values of the dominated society and to impose French cultural, social and political values. The evolution of ethnic categories over time is also traced, and Lorcin reveals their inherently unstable nature and the continual process of redefinition, in accordance with circumstance and political or social expediency.
Patricia Lorcin has a doctorate from Columbia University and presently lives in Abidjan.
Part 1 Algeria 1830-1870: the conquest - Kabyles and Arabs in warfare; security and reconnaissance - the elaboration and confirmation of categories, Islam and society; the "Royaume Arabe" (1860-1870). Part 2 Social sciences and military men: the ecole polytechnique, Saint Simoniansim and the army; race and scholarship in Algeria - the impact of the military; scholarly societies in France - the Kabyle myth as a racial paradigm. Part 3 Algeria 1871-1900 - the eclipse of the Kabyle myth: civilian rule; Algeria, the melting pot of the Mediterranean - the impact of Louis Bertrand. Part 4 The legacy: persistent stereotypes and resultant policies. Part 5 Conclusion.
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