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Economic Anthropology in the Middle East and North Africa

Hsain Ilahiane

North Africa are scarce. In her essay, “Roads Less Traveled in Middle East Anthropology—and New Paths in Gender Ethnography,” Marcia Inhorn (2014) noted the neglect of the domain of economic anthropology in Middle East studies and challenged

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A “Capital of Hope and Disappointments”

North African Families in Marseille Shantytowns and Social Housing

Dustin Alan Harris

“Eighty thousand foreigners live in Marseille, of whom 51 percent are North African. What is life like for these people? Where do they live? Where do they work? What is being done by the government, municipality, and private organizations to

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Transitions Within Queer North African Cinema

Nouri Bouzid, Abdellah Taïa, and the Transnational Tourist

Walter S. Temple

In recent years, North African queer cinema has become increasingly visible both within and beyond Arabo-Orientale spaces. A number of critical factors have contributed to a global awareness of queer identities in contemporary Maghrebi cinema

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The Gendarmerie, Information Collection, and Colonial Violence in French North Africa Between the Wars

Martin Thomas

Focusing on the gendarmerie forces of the three French Maghreb territories, this article explores the relationships between paramilitary policing, the collection of political intelligence, and the form and scale of collective violence in the French Empire between the wars, and considers what, if anything, was specifically colonial about these phenomena. I also assess the changing priorities in political policing as France's North African territories became more unstable and violent during the Depression. The gendarmeries were overstretched, under-resourced, and poorly integrated into the societies they monitored. With the creation of dedicated riot control units, intelligenceled political policing of rural communities and the agricultural economy fell away. By 1939 the North African gendarmeries knew more about organized trade unions, political parties, and other oppositional groups in the Maghreb's major towns, but they knew far less about what really drove mass protest and political violence: access to food, economic prosperity, rural markets, and labor conditions.

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The Chaouch of Marseille

Metropolitan Intermediaries and Colonial Control, 1928–1945

Danielle Beaujon

On an otherwise ordinary day in September 1944, Jules Bourgeois faced a crisis. Bourgeois had recently taken charge of the Bureau des Affaires Musulmanes Nord-Africaines (BAMNA), a bureau designed to both surveil and aid North African colonial

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Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: into the new millennium by Hafez, Sherine and Susan Slyomovics

Chihab EL Khachab

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Dispossession and displacement: forced migration in the Middle East and North Africa by Chatty, D. and B. Finlayson


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Transnational Intimacies and the Construction of the New Nation

Tunisia and France in the 1960s

Amy Kallander

East and North Africa and Europe, demonstrate that relations of coloniality between the former colony and the French metropole, or what Anibal Quijano describes as the racial and geo-cultural identities that they had produced, reached into the post

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Book Reviews

Julia Elsky, Charles Keith, John Shovlin, and Daniel Williford

investment. One wonders if China's modernizing project will prove as ill-fated and fragile as that of the French regimes Todd so ably explores here. Spencer D. Segalla, Empire and Catastrophe: Decolonization and Environmental Disaster in North Africa

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The Rhizomatic Algerian Revolution in Three Twenty-First- Century Transnational Documentaries

Algérie tours, détours (2006), La Chine est encore loin (2009), Fidaï (2012)

Nicole Beth Wallenbrock

discussion. The octogenarian director reflects on the era when he lived in North Africa, and the majority of the films screened by the Brun-Moschetti and Morouche depict the Revolution and/or critique the French Empire. As the film studies a figure known as