Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe
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Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe : Maltese Settlers in Algeria and France

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[I]ntersects with very active areas of research in history and anthropology, and links these domains of inquiry spanning Europe and North Africa in a creative and innovative fashion." -Douglas Holmes, Binghamton UniversityMaltese settlers in colonial Algeria had never lived in France, but as French citizens were abruptly "repatriated" there after Algerian independence in 1962. In France today, these pieds-noirs are often associated with "Mediterranean" qualities, the persisting tensions surrounding the French-Algerian War, and far-right, anti-immigrant politics. Through their social clubs, they have forged an identity in which Malta, not Algeria, is the unifying ancestral homeland. Andrea L. Smith uses history and ethnography to argue that scholars have failed to account for the effect of colonialism on Europe itself. She explores nostalgia and collective memory; the settlers' liminal position in the colony as subalterns and colonists; and selective forgetting, in which Malta replaces Algeria, the "true" homeland, which is now inaccessible, fraught with guilt and contradiction. The study provides insight into race, ethnicity, and nationalism in Europe as well as cultural context for understanding political trends in contemporary France.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 22mm | 458.14g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 15 b&w photos, 4 maps, 1 index
  • 025321856X
  • 9780253218568
  • 692,860

About Andrea L. Smith

Andrea L. Smith is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Lafayette College and editor of Europe's Invisible Migrants.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments1. A Song in Malta2. Maltese Settler Clubs in France3. A Hierarchy of Settlers and the Liminal Maltese4. The Algerian Melting Pot5. The Ambivalence of Assimilation6. The French-Algerian War and Its Aftermath7. Diaspora, Rejection, and Nostalgerie8. Settler Ethnicity and Identity Politics in Postcolonial France9. Place, Replaced: Malta as Algeria in the Pied-noir ImaginationNotesSources CitedIndexshow more

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"Intersects with very active areas of research in history and anthropology, and links these domains of inquiry spanning Europe and North Africa in a creative and innovative fashion." --Douglas Holmes, Binghamton Universityshow more

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