Algerians Remember

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Material Information

Title:
Algerians Remember An Oral History of French Colonial Encounter
Physical Description:
1 online resource (300 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Arfi, Khadidja
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Anthropology
Committee Chair:
SCHMIDT,PETER R
Committee Co-Chair:
HARRISON,FAYE V
Committee Members:
KANE,ABDOULAYE
STOILKOVA,MARIA MILKOVA
ORTIZ,PAUL ANDREW

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
algeria -- anthropology -- colonialism -- colonized -- colonizer -- dellys -- empire -- encounter -- ethnography -- france -- history -- historycization -- memory -- mnemonics -- orality -- postcoloniality -- subaltern -- tensions -- testimonies -- tradition
Anthropology -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Anthropology thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Dealing with the colonial past in the postcolonial present is a deeply textured matter that scholars from different disciplines have been addressing from various perspectives. The investigation of the Algerian colonial past encounters and involves intertwined complex phenomena and as such requires a critical, realistic method of inquiry. I investigate the colonial discourse from a postcolonial perspective. In this pursuit, I use ethnographies of memorable events of colonialism juxtaposed to readings and critics of colonial sources. Many colonial writings were undergirded in dichotomies that pre-determined the outcome of their inquiry. They ended up focusing on a specific discourse at the expense of others. They silenced many voices, neglected various experiences, and buried a variety of memories. The dissertation investigates Algerians' narratives, which are uniquely positioned in bringing back to the foredfront these voices, experiences, and memories, to make sense of many past and current ambiguities about Algeria's people before, during, and after independence. My fieldwork was in Dellys, Algeria -a port town and early colonial outpost and settlement. I was able to interview more than 100 elderly Algerians from town and villages. I used oral history and oral tradition approaches based on a life history model to probe how people who lived during that era remember, that is, how they recount their lives in the colonial-encounter space. As such, I bring new and neglected approaches to the forefront of Anthropology and other social science disciplines, especially the study of colonialism, to help re-imagine a more vital relationship to orality. When disciplines are increasingly more intertwined and dependent upon each other's concepts, theories and methodologies, investigating the past through the voices of postcolonies promises to enrich many disciplines, thereby moving away from dichotomizing the colonial encounter to investigating tensions of empire. Historicizing Algerian colonialism requires a re-reading of colonial records in conjunction with Algerians' testimonies and discourses. Not only do their alternative viewpoints contest the official histories and work with "the contradictions that survive with them" (Pandey 1995: 239), but they also enrich our knowledge of past events that are crucial to comprehend our present and create a future which is inclusive rather than silencing and suppressing.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Khadidja Arfi.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: SCHMIDT,PETER R.
Local:
Co-adviser: HARRISON,FAYE V.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046594:00001