A turning point? The Arab Spring and the Amazigh movement

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This study examines the place of the Amazigh movement and communities in the evolving political fortunes of North African states. It evaluates the prospects for attaining a genuine recognition of Amazigh ethnocultural demands as part of a broader democratic transformation of society and state, and the Amazigh movement's likely contribution to that transformation. The Amazigh movement has the potential to make alliance with governments and other sectors of societies, in part to try and balance the strength of Islamist groups. However, the process is only at the beginning stages, and there is also a possibility that Amazigh self-assertion may lead to greater polarization of North African societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2499-2515
Number of pages17
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number14
StatePublished - 14 Nov 2015


  • Algeria
  • Amazigh
  • Berber
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • North Africa
  • Tunisia


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