Social Currents in North Africa
Culture and Governance after the Arab Spring
Maps the significant yet often overlooked forces shaping Maghrebian society from below.
Social Currents in North Africa is a multi-disciplinary analysis of the social phenomena unfolding in the Maghreb today. The contributors analyse the genealogies of contemporary North African behavioral and ideological norms, and offer insights into post-Arab Spring governance and today’s social and political trends.
The book situates regional developments within broader international currents, without forgoing the distinct features of each socio-historical context. With its common historical, cultural, and socio-economic foundations, the Maghreb is a cohesive area of study that allows for greater understanding of domestic developments from both single-country and comparative perspectives. This volume refines the geo-historical unity of the Maghreb by accounting for social connections, both within the nation-state and across political boundaries and historical eras. It illustrates that non-institutional phenomena are equally formative to the ongoing project of post-colonial sovereignty, to social construction and deployments of state power, and to local outlooks on social equity, economic prospects, and cultural identity.
- Social Currents in North Africa
- Islamist Parties and Transformation in Tunisia and Morocco
Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone
- Sufism and Salafism in the Maghreb:
Ricardo René Larémont
- Labor Protest in Morocco:
Strikes, Concessions, and the Arab Spring
- The Amazigh Movement in a Changing North Africa
Paul A. Silverstein
- Thou Shalt Not Speak One Language: Self, Skill, and Politics in post-Arab Spring Morocco
- The Politics of the Haratins Social Movement in Mauritania (1978-2014)
Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem
- Keeping up with the times:
the growth of support from non-state actors for the Polisario Liberation Movement
- Film and Cultural Dissent in Tunisia
- “Curating the Mellah”: Cultural Conservation, Jewish Heritage Tourism and Normalization Debates in Morocco and Tunisia, 1960s-Present
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 (2010).