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“My Visa Application Was Denied, I Decided to Go Anyway”

Interpreting, Experiencing, and Contesting Visa Policies and the (Im)mobility Regime in Algeria

Farida Souiah

This article explores the ways people targeted by restrictive migration and mobility policies in Algeria experience, interpret, and contest them. It focuses on the perspective of harragas, literally “those who burn” the borders. In the Maghrebi dialects, this is notably how people leaving without documentation are referred to. It reflects the fact that they do not respect the mandatory steps for legal departure. Also, they figuratively “burn” their papers to avoid deportation once in Europe. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork, this article outlines the complex and ambiguous attitudes toward the legal mobility regime of those it aims to exclude: compliance, deception, delegitimization, and defiance. It contributes to debates about human experiences of borders and inequality in mobility regimes. It helps deepen knowledge on why restrictive migration and mobility policies fail and are often counterproductive, encouraging the undocumented migration they were meant to deter.

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The making of terrorists

Anthropology and the alternative truth of America's 'War on Terror' in the Sahara

Jeremy Keenan

This article, based on almost eight years of continuous anthropological research amongst the Tuareg people of the Sahara and Sahel, suggests that the launch by the US and its main regional ally, Algeria, in 2002–2003 of a ‘new’, ‘second’, or ‘Saharan’ Front in the ‘War on Terror’ was largely a fabrication on the part of the US and Algerian military intelligence services. The ‘official truth’, embodied in an estimated 3,000 articles and reports of one sort or another, is largely disinformation. The article summarizes how and why this deception was effected and examines briefly its implications for both the region and its people as well as the future of US international relations and especially its global pursuance of an increasingly suspect ‘War on Terror’.

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Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Children in the Middle East

Erika Friedl and Abderrahmane Moussaoui

born to the maquis during the decade of violence Algeria experienced in the 1990s. Born and raised in the maquis , children went down to town with their parents, in favour of the reconciliation act. However, despite the remarkable progress made by

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Michael Connors Jackman and Adeel Khan

Clarke, A. and D. Haraway (eds) ( 2018 ) Making Kin Not Population: Reconceiving Generations ( Chicago : Prickly Paradigm Press ) ISBN: 9780996635561 . Ben Hounet, Y. (ed) ( 2018 ), Law and Property in Algeria: Anthropological Perspectives

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Institutions of Confinement as Sites of Passage

The Mètis of Foreign Nationals Caught in the Wars on Terror, Drugs and Immigration

Carolina S. Boe

national delinquents, Rachid was de-legalized after the passing of the Pasqua laws in the 1990s, which blended security issues, anti-terrorism and anti-drug measures with deportation. When the 1995 Paris métro bombings by Algerian organization ‘Armed

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Enemies of the people

Theorizing dispossession and mirroring conspiracy in the Republic of Georgia

Katrine Bendtsen Gotfredsen

truth: Violence, conspiracy theorizing, and the Algerian Civil War . Anthropological Quarterly 75 ( 4 ): 643 – 674 . Slade , Gavin . 2013 . Reorganizing crime: Mafia and anti-Mafia in post-Soviet Georgia . Oxford : Oxford University Press . Suny

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‘We Are Both Diplomats and Traders’

Afghan Transregional Traders Across the Former Soviet Union

Magnus Marsden

45 ( 1 ): 172 – 194 . Christelow , A. 2012 . Algerians without Borders: The Making of a Global Frontier Society . Gainesville : University Press of Florida . Cohn , B. 1990 . An Anthropologist Amongst the Historians and Other Essays

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Moving on

Italy as a stepping stone in migrants’ imaginaries

Anna Tuckett

. Furthermore, despite the frequent lamentations regarding the country, some people told me that they preferred life in Italy to that in countries such as Sweden or Norway. As I was told by Ahmed, an Algerian man: “Life in Italy is better than in Norway. It is

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Everyday Diplomacy

Introduction to Special Issue

Magnus Marsden, Diana Ibañez-Tirado, and David Henig

and History 51 ( 1 ): 6 – 34 . Christelow , A. 2012 . Algerians without Borders: The Making of a Global Frontier Society . Gainesville : University Press of Florida . Cohn , B. 1990 . An Anthropologist amongst the Historians and Other

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Culture Trumps Scientific Fact

‘Race’ in US American Language

Augustine Agwuele

depending on the economic situation, the targets of vicious racist and xenophobic attacks vary at different times in different places. In England, they may be Jamaicans, ‘Pakis’, or simply blacks. In France, Muslims and Algerians (due to colonial experiences