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Civil society in Algeria : activism, identity and the democratic process

Author: Jessica Ayesha Northey
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2018. ©2018
Series: International library of African studies, 61.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Are new forms of activism emerging in Algeria? Can civil society effect political reform in the country? The violence between radical Islamists and the military during the Algerian civil war of the 1990s led to huge loss of life and mass exile. The public sphere was rendered a dangerous place for over a decade. Yet in defiance of these conditions, civil society grew, with thousands of associations forming throughout  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica Ayesha Northey
ISBN: 1788311590 9781788311595
OCLC Number: 1043342093
Description: xiii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: AcknowledgementsIntroductionData GatheringScope and Structure of the BookPART I Civil Society and Democracy Promotion in the Arab WorldChapter 1 Civil Society in the Arab World and AlgeriaAssociations in the Arab WorldCivil Society and DemocracyPerceptions of Civil Society in AlgeriaAssociative Activism in a Post-Conflict EnvironmentConclusionChapter 2 International Donors and Democracy PromotionDevelopment Paradigms and the Language of DonorsRegional Variations in EU Support to Civil SocietyCivil Society Support in the MENA Region: Algeria, Palestine and LebanonConclusionPART II Algerian Civil Society and Relations with the StateChapter 3 Historical Perspectives on Civil Society in AlgeriaTraditional Civil Society and the Impact of ColonialismCivil Society in an Independent AlgeriaDemocratic Opening and the Black DecadeConclusionChapter 4 Civil Society and the StateState-Society Relations and the Failure of DialogueThe Arab Spring, Associative Action and State ResponsesCivil Society and the 2012 Law on AssociationsConclusionChapter 5 Associations in AlgeriaA New Typology of AssociationsThe Regional Focus of Algerian AssociationsThe Sector Focus of Algerian AssociationsConclusionChapter 6 Algerian Associations Protecting the PastHeritage Associations in AlgeriaAssociations and Urban HistoryPreserving Roman History in AlgeriaAlgeria's Archaeological Past Religious Heritage and TraditionsConclusionChapter 7 Algerian Associations and Social WelfareSocial Sector Associations in AlgeriaSocial Work, Disability and New Voices in OranContesting State Provision in KabyliaAssociations, Faith and Health Care in El OuedDealing with TraumaConclusionPART III Donors, Democracy and the Language of OthersChapter 8 Europe, Civil Society and Democracy in AlgeriaEuropean Diplomacy in AlgeriaEuropean Union Programmes in AlgeriaEuropean Support to Algerian civil societyConclusionChapter 9. Language and the Construction of Civil SocietyThe Performative Effect of LanguageHistorical NarrativesLanguage Policies and the Public SphereConclusionConclusionNotesBibliography
Series Title: International library of African studies, 61.
Responsibility: Jessica Ayesha Northey.

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Are new forms of activism emerging in Algeria? Can civil society effect political reform in the country? The violence between radical Islamists and the military during the Algerian civil war of the 1990s led to huge loss of life and mass exile. The public sphere was rendered a dangerous place for over a decade. Yet in defiance of these conditions, civil society grew, with thousands of associations forming throughout the conflict. Associations were set up to protect human rights and vulnerable populations, commemorate those assassinated and promote Algerian heritage. There are now over 93,000 associations registered across the country. Although social, economic and political turbulence continues, new networks still emerge and, since the Arab revolts of 2011, organised demonstrations increasingly take place. Civil Society in Algeria examines these recent developments and scrutinizes the role associations play in promoting political reform and democratization in Algeria. Based on extensive fieldwork undertaken both before and after the Arab Spring, the book shows how associations challenge government policy in the public sphere. Algeria is playing an increasingly important role in the stability and future peaceful relations of the Middle East and North Africa. This book reveals the new forms of activism that are challenging the ever-powerful state. It is a valuable resource for Algeria specialists and for scholars researching political reform and democratization across the Middle East and North Africa. --

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