Southern Algerian regions have been silent during the first phases of country national edification project. In the last decades, however, voices claiming more justice have emerged in challenging one of the national foundations, i.e., ‘the November generation.’ This article takes up the newly created unemployed movement and analyses the junctures between its southern expression and the problematization of the monumentality of the ‘November generation’ by showing how the Southern periphery challenges Algerian nation –building discourse and how it brings forwards claims on justice and political participation.
The aim of
Protests and Generations is to problematize the relations between generations and protests in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Most of the work on recent protests insists on the newness of their manifestation but leave unexplored the various links that exist between them and what preceded them. Mark Muhannad Ayyash and Ratiba Hadj-Moussa (Eds.) argue that their articulation relies at once on historical ties and their rejection. It is precisely this tension that the chapters of the book address in specifically documenting several case studies that highlight the generating processes by which generations and protests are connected. What the production and use of generation brings to scholarly understanding of the protests and the ability to articulate them is one of the major questions this collection addresses.
Contributors are: Mark Muhannad Ayyash, Lorenzo Cini, Éric Gobe, Ratiba Hadj-Moussa, Andrea Hajek, Chaymaa Hassabo, Gal Levy, Ilana Kaufman, Sunaina Maira, Mohammad Massala, Matthieu Rey, Gökbörü Sarp Tanyildiz, and Stephen Luis Vilaseca.