Ethno-politics and globalisation in North Africa: The berber culture movement

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Abstract

Contemporary processes of globalisation have stimulated and reinforced a specific Berber/Amazigh ethno-political identity. Overall, the Berberist discourse is profoundly sympathetic to Western liberal-humanist values, and strongly condemnatory of the predominant monocultural order based on Islam and Arabism. To be sure, globalisation's homogenising effects are seen as a threat to indigenous peoples' cultural identities, Berbers included. But, overall, modern Berber imagining is bound up with a secular, Western-modern vision of the future. Berber/Amazigh culturalists seek to accommodate larger outside forces while placing an explicit emphasis on the collective 'self', thus posing a challenge to the existing order in the Maghrib.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-84
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of North African Studies
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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