The Eloquence of Silence: Algerian Women in Question

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The Eloquence of Silence makes a critical departure from more traditional studies of Algerian women—which usually examine female roles in relation to Islam—and instead takes an interdisciplinary look at the subject, arguing that Algerian women's roles are shaped by a variety of structural and symbolic factors. These elements include colonial domination, demographic change, nationalism, socialist development policy of the 1960s and 70s, family formation and the progressive shift ...

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Overview

The Eloquence of Silence makes a critical departure from more traditional studies of Algerian women—which usually examine female roles in relation to Islam—and instead takes an interdisciplinary look at the subject, arguing that Algerian women's roles are shaped by a variety of structural and symbolic factors. These elements include colonial domination, demographic change, nationalism, socialist development policy of the 1960s and 70s, family formation and the progressive shift to a capitalist economy.

Covering both pre-colonial and colonial eras as well as the independence period, this book focuses on the changes that took place in family structure and law, customs, education, and the war of decolonization as they affected gender relations. Marnia Lazreg approaches the post-colonial era through an examination of how Algeria's model of economic development, structural adjustment policies, and the rise of religious-political opposition affected women's lives.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415907316
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/27/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Decolonizing Feminism 6
2 Women in Precolonial Algeria 20
3 The Colonial War in Fact and Fancy 36
4 Exposing and Reconstructing Algerian Identity 51
5 Reform and Resistance 80
6 Women's Lived Reality In and Under Colonial Society 98
7 Nationalism Decolonization and Gender 118
8 State, Socialism, Development and Women 142
9 Consciousness, Culture and Change 166
10 Women's Rise to the Word 195
11 Between God and Man 209
Conclusion 223
Notes 227
References Cited 253
Glossary 261
Index 263
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