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Title: Maghrebinicité 1981-2012 : affective belonging from the margins of North African Jewish experience in île-de-France
Author: Everett, Samuel Sami
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is an ethnographic study of the marginal social and cultural practices associated with Jewish identification to northern Africa and the intergenerational relation to this feeling of belonging. I use île-de-France (Fr. greater Paris) between 1981 and 2012 as the cité, or urban backdrop, to research contemporary Jewish maghrebinicité - the portmanteau term that melds Maghreb and cité to encapsulate this complex sentiment. I argue that Maghrebi Jewish consciousness, regarding Algeria in particular, has become progressively more diffuse due to the strengthening of French and Israeli historical and cultural influences. Nevertheless, North Africa maintains experiential significance as a reference to which the Jewish interlocutors in this study feel an affinity. Maghrebinicité is thus both sub-consciously and culturally present and politically absent from the way in which many Jewish people of North African origin in Paris imagine themselves today. Maghrebinicité incorporates postcolonial and plural North African Judeo-Muslim sociability in Paris across generations. These present day permutations of past relations have renewed the intensity with which North African Jewish proximity is felt, at times in opposition to, and at times in recognition of, North African Judeo-Muslim contiguity. However, such residual Jewish indigenous North African solidarity is emotionally complex and provokes intergenerational tension. This comes to the fore in the ambivalence of North African Jewish descendants to the notion of the Arab driven by a sense of shame at being North African in France, influenced by the narrative of a painful Jewish Maghrebi 'exodus' and informed by political sensitivities towards the Near East that ethnicise affective belonging. In spite of such equivocal sentiments I contend that the transmission of a shared Arab- Maghrebi cultural core and similar experiences of discrimination in migration and integration to France as Colonial Debris, form the basis of contemporary North African Judeo-Muslim commonality.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.594080  DOI: Not available
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