Civil society in Algeria : activism, identity and the democratic process?
Title: Civil society in Algeria : activism, identity and the democratic process?
Author: NORTHEY, Jessica Ayesha
Citation: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2018, International library of African studies
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.
Table of Contents:
-- Introduction, 1 - Part I: Civil Society and Democracy Promotion in the Arab World -- 1. Civil Society in the Arab World and Algeria, 17 -- 2. International Donors and Democracy Promotion, 39 - Part II: Algerian Civil Society and Relations with the State -- 3. Historical Perspectives on Civil Society in Algeria, 63 -- 4. Civil Society and the State, 82 -- 5. Associations in Algeria, 103 -- 6. Algerian Associations Protecting the Past, 119 -- 7. Algerian Associations and Social Welfare, 138 - Part III: Donors, Democracy and the Language of Others -- 8. Europe, Civil Society and Democracy in Algeria, 159 -- 9. Language and the Construction of Civil Society, 177 -- Conclusion, 195
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2018
Initial version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/60107
Version: Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 2013