Social Currents in North Africa presents a multi-disciplinary analysis of social phenomena unfolding in the Maghreb today. It explores some of the most salient institutional and cultural parameters at work, through topics ranging from the workings of religious belief in the public sphere to the moral economies of language instruction and cultural production. Abi- Mershed delivers critical comments on the genealogies of contemporary North African behavioural and ideological norms, and offers insights into the new rationalities of governance after 2011. This volume raises important conceptual interpretations for the field of North Africa studies.
Osama Abi-Mershed is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. His most recent publications include Apostles of Modernity: Saint- Simonians and the French Civilizing Mission in Algeria (2010), and the edited volume Trajectories of Education in the Arab World: Legacies and Challenges