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Civil Society in Algeria

Activism, Identity and the Democratic Process

«‘Based on months of in-depth fieldwork, this highly original book explores the internal dynamics of Algerian society, its attempts to take advantage of any vacuum inadvertently provided by the bureaucracy and its pragmatic use of European support, without adopting the conceptual framework of European institutions. It will be of great interest to those working on the evolution of civil society and national identity and on the future of political participation in Algeria and the region.’»

Professor Olivier Roy, Joint chair of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European
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Detaljer

Forlag
I.B. Tauris
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
296
ISBN
9780755647743
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
22 x 14 cm

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«‘Based on months of in-depth fieldwork, this highly original book explores the internal dynamics of Algerian society, its attempts to take advantage of any vacuum inadvertently provided by the bureaucracy and its pragmatic use of European support, without adopting the conceptual framework of European institutions. It will be of great interest to those working on the evolution of civil society and national identity and on the future of political participation in Algeria and the region.’»

Professor Olivier Roy, Joint chair of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European

«‘This is an important and welcome publication for scholars seeking to understand the relationship between civil society and state not only in Algeria but across MENA. Jessica Northey offers engaging insights into a range of grass roots organisations in Algeria based on her extensive fieldwork and knowledge of the political, historical and social issues at play. Her focus is on the construction of civil society in Algeria over the past three decades, examining the effects of the post-1988 reforms, the role of European Union funding and the link between such forms of funding for associations and the EU’s strategic aims and objectives in the Southern Mediterranean. But it is her astute use of empirical data gathered from an impressive range of interviews carried out during extensive field-work trips to Algeria that gives the reader such a real insight into the resilience and agency of ordinary Algerians – those who have worked for social and cultural change through associations that allow communities to shape change. This book is marked by methodological rigour, enriched by Northey’s linguistic and listening skills and informed by human empathy. Civil Society in Algeria brings us into the heart of everyday Algeria in a way that few books do and is essential reading for those of us who seek to understand civil society in North Africa.’»

Patrick Crowley, Head of Department of French and Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures

«‘This fascinating book identifies some of the key dynamics of socio-political change in contemporary Algeria. Drawing on personal experience and wide-ranging research in the country, including impressive fieldwork, Northey’s analysis of the emergence and behaviour of numerous voluntary associations, active particularly in the fields of heritage preservation and social welfare, charts an extremely interesting and positive evolution in the relationship between state and society and argues persuasively that earlier pessimistic assessments of the role of associations in Algeria are now seriously out-of-date. A crucial feature of these dynamics is the way the associations she describes have eschewed contestation of the state and instead have developed strategies of constructive engagement and persuasion that tend to prompt new, equally constructive, responses on the part of Algerian officialdom. The associations demonstrated how their independent initiatives and activities, while advancing particular concerns and projects, have also been contributing to the commonweal, thus inducing the state to adopt a new and positive attitude towards them. Now, association activists and government agencies and office holders have begun to move along vital learning curves into new and hopeful territory. Northey’s lucid and judicious analysis authorises us at last to speak of the emergence of civil society in Algeria without debasing that venerable concept. This is an original and important book and a most welcome contribution to the study of contemporary Algeria.’»

Hugh Roberts, Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History, Department of His

«‘A breath of fresh air has entered the polarised debates about associational life. After interviewing civil society actors in Algeria for more than ten years, Jessica Northey confidently takes us beyond facile generalisations about the value of associations. She shows – in detail and with subtlety – how citizens in this turbulent and authoritarian country have been staking claims to be legitimate political actors. She uses her trove of local insights to suggest sometimes surprising answers to weighty social scientific questions: can associations inculcate democratic behavior? Do external donors like the EU help or hinder the development of this democratic process, as fragile as it is precious?’»

Diana Wylie, Professor of History, African Studies Center, Boston University

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