Berbers and Others

Berbers and Others

Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib
Edited by Katherine E. Hoffman and Susan Gilson Miller
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/24/2010
Format: paper 240 pages, 5 b&w illus.
6 x 9 x .6875
ISBN: 978-0-253-22200-8
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Berbers and Others offers fresh perspectives on new forms of social and political activism in today's Maghrib. In recent years, the Amazigh (Berber) movement has become a focus of widespread political, social, and cultural attention in North Africa, Europe, and the United States. Berber groups have peacefully yet persistently laid claim to ownership over broad areas of creativity in the arts, politics, literature, education, and national memory. The contributors to this volume present some of the best new thinking in the emerging field of Berber studies, offering insight into historical antecedents, language usage, land rights, household economies, artistic production, and human rights. The scope, depth, and multidisciplinary approach will engage specialists on the Maghrib as well as students of ethnicity, social and political change, and cultural innovation.

Author Bio

Katherine E. Hoffman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University and author of We Share Walls: Language, Land, and Gender in Berber Morocco.

Susan Gilson Miller is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. She is editor (with Mauro Bertagnin) of The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City.


"Provide[s] a richly detailed description and a nuanced analysis of the changing dynamics and politics of being a Berber in post-independence North Africa." —Aomar Boum, University of Arizona

Berbers and Others ... brings together some of the very best of the new generation of scholars working on Berber issues from a variety of perspectives ... both North Africanists and all those interested in the nexus between ethnicity, culture, politics, and history, will derive much benefit and pleasure from this elegant and informed volume." —H-Africa , June 2011

"Hoffman and Miller have done a real service to the anthropology of North Africa by bringing these articles together. Any work done on Berbers in the future will stand on the shoulders of this excellent collection." —

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration

Introduction / Katherine E. Hoffman and Susan Gilson Miller
Part 1. Sources and Methods
1. Histories of Heresy and Salvation: Arabs, Berbers, Community, and the State / James McDougall
2. Internal Fractures in the Berber-Arab Distinction: From Colonial Practice to Post-national Preoccupations / Katherine E. Hoffman
3. The Makhzan's Berber: Paths to Integration in Pre-Colonial Morocco / Mohamed El Mansour
Part 2. Practices: Local, National, and International
4. The Local Dimensions of Transnational Berberism: Racial Politics, Land Rights, and Cultural Activism in Southeastern Morocco / Paul A. Silverstein
5. Imazighen on Trial: Human Rights and Berber Identity in Algeria, 1985 / Jane E. Goodman
6. Globalization Begins at Home: Children's Wage Labor and the High Atlas Household / David Crawford
Part 3. Varieties of Representation
7. The "Numidian" Origins of North Africa / Mokhtar Ghambou
8. "First Arts" of the Maghrib: Exhibiting Berber Culture at the Musée du quai Branly / Lisa Bernasek
9. Deconstructing the History of Berber Arts: Tribalism, Matriarchy, and a Primitive Neolithic Past / Cynthia Becker

List of Contributors
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