Berber Culture On The World Stage: From Village To Video by Jane E. Goodman

By Jane E. Goodman

"[S]ure to curiosity a few varied audiences, from language and song students to experts on North Africa.... a very good publication, in actual fact written, analytically incisive, approximately extremely important concerns that experience now not been defined elsewhere." -- John Bowen, Washington UniversityIn this nuanced learn of the functionality of cultural identification, Jane E. Goodman travels from modern Kabyle Berber groups in Algeria and France to the colonial files, making a choice on the goods, performances, and media during which Berber id has constructed. within the Nineteen Nineties, with a tremendous Islamist insurgency underway in Algeria, Berber cultural institutions created functionality types that challenged Islamist premises whereas critiquing their very own village practices. Goodman describes the phenomenon of latest Kabyle track, a kind of worldwide song that remodeled village songs for international audiences. She follows new songs as they flow from their manufacturers to the copyright business enterprise to the Parisian level, highlighting the networks of flow and trade during which Berbers have accomplished worldwide visibility.

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That the choral performance I witnessed included both boys and girls was no accident. It was at once a provocative refusal of Islamist calls for a gendersegregated public sphere and a way to begin to change the social organization of the village, which was itself largely ordered around gender divisions. The chorus’s repertoire also worked to articulate the cultural association’s vision of the nation’s future. The children sang songs drawn from the recordings of new Kabyle singers who had played a pivotal role in Berber consciousness-raising for the two previous decades.

He had ¤rst heard the word “Amazigh” in 1976, at the age of 10, when Idir’s new song Muqleγ (“I See”) was played on the Kabyle radio station (Idir 1976b). The song’s refrain goes like this: Muqleγ tamurt umaziγ Yugurten waleγ udem-ik. I see the Amazigh land Yugurtha,4 I see your face. ” Bachir remembered wondering. For while the term “Amazigh”—used to signify a pan-Maghreb history, culture, and linguistic identity—circulated among intellectuals, it was not part of the vocabulary of most Kabyles in the 1970s, let alone their self-de¤nition.

It was these very students—the ones who began elementary school during the 1960s—who would become the university students of 1980. Yet even as the public schools helped to produce linguistic hierarchy, they also ¤rmly instilled in these students a state-centered linguistic ideology in which language and national identity were viewed as inextricably linked. They provided a template for the understanding of a single written language (code) as linked to but subsuming a number of different spoken varieties (“dialects”).

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