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Family Life in Tunisia after the Revolution of 2011

Two Women and Two Men in a Changing Time

Irene Maffi

societies ( Hasso 2011 ). Tunisia Postcolonial Tunisia offers a meaningful example of biopolitics in that state policies shaping the intimate life of citizens were explicitly meant to build a new society under the control of a technocratic elite

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The Journey of a Tunisian Ethnographic Museum from Colonial to Post-Revolutionary (1936-2015)

Virginie Rey

This article presents an analysis of the evolution of ethnographic museums in Tunisia, tracing their development from the period of French colonial rule until the present. It documents and interprets the trajectory of museography in the country over nearly a century, demonstrating changes and continuities in role, setting and architecture across shifting ideological landscapes, from the colonial, to the postcolonial to the more recent revolutionary setting. It is argued that Tunisian ethnographic museums, both in their processes of conception behind the scenes and in their scenography itself, have been key sites in which to read debates about national identity. The article excavates the evolution of paradigms in which Tunisian popular identity has been expressed through the ethnographic museum, from the modernist notion of 'indigenous authenticity' to efforts at nation-building after independence, and more recent conceptions of cultural diversity. Based on a combination of archival research, participant observation and interviews with past and present protagonists in the Tunisian museum field, this research brings to light new material on an understudied area.

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The Olive Grove of Rome

Romanization and the French Colonial Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Tunisia

Jessica Biddlestone

On 8 February 1892, the resident general of France in Tunisia promulgated a decree regulating the sale of roughly two hundred thousand hectares of land surrounding the city of Sfax at the fire-sale price of ten francs a hectare. 1 Part of an

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Unleavened Bread and Kosher Wine

Identity Markers of the Jewish Community in Tunis under Protectorate? (1881–1956)

Nessim Znaien

The Tunisian historiography has regularly highlighted the “mosaic” aspect of the Tunisian colonial society ( Alexandropoulos and Cabanel 2000 ). The Jewish community was one of these communities. At the beginning of the Protectorate, about 15

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Transnational Intimacies and the Construction of the New Nation

Tunisia and France in the 1960s

Amy Kallander

Writing to a Tunisian women's magazine, Femme (Woman), in the 1960s, ML, a twenty-eight-year-old teacher with two kids, struggled with the demands of her job and family, while still hoping to find time to go to the movies. Describing her

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Debating the “Jewish Question” in Tunisia

War, Colonialism, and Zionism at a Mediterranean Crossroads, 1914–1920

Chris Rominger

On 12 November 1918, one day after the armistice ending World War I, a violent incident unfolded in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. Tunisia had been a Protectorate of France since 1881 and was home to more than 100,000 soldiers and laborers who

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Contesting Transitional Justice as Liberal Governance in Revolutionary Tunisia

Corinna Mullin and Ian Patel

, former political prisoner, speaking at an artistic commemoration of torture committed during the former regime held in November 2012 at the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice ( Abdellaoui 2012 ). Five years after Tunisia’s uprising in the

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Waiting for Utopia

Young Tunisians, Salafism, and the Post-revolutionary Transition

Giovanni Cordova

Twelve years after the Arab Spring, while still dealing with the claim for social justice, economic redistribution, and political freedom, post-revolutionary Tunisia has been embroiled in a hard debate about national identity. This is testified by

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Inflation as Talk, Economy as Feel

Notes Towards an Anthropology of Inflation

Myriam Amri

A Soap Opera Called Inflation Madam D, a senior official at the Central Bank of Tunisia was waving her hand rather energetically. Not only was her hand raised but she was agitating it from left to right seemingly keen on getting the attention

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The Morally Fraught Harga

Migration Blame Games in a Tunisian Border Town

Valentina Zagaria

Zarzis harga central On 14 January 2011, dictator Ben Ali fled Tunisia following the month of protests known as the Tunisian Revolution of Dignity and Freedom. That same night, a wooden fishing boat carrying sixty-two men left for the