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The Production of Diaspora: Algerian Emigration from Colonialism toNeo–Colonialism (1840–1970)

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The extensive literature on migration within a Marxist framework tends to focus on the difficulties migrants face in labor markets of “receiving countries.” This paper adopts a different approach, arguing that more attention should be paid to the historical production of diaspora, rather than the continued analysis of the problems of “integration.” It suggests that articulation of modes of production theory set within the transition from colonialism to neo‐colonialism offers an appropriate means to reverse this analytical lens; further, that to understand contemporary “post‐colonial” concerns such as hybridity or migrancy, we need an economic approach which is itself hybrid. An historical narrative exploring the processes of emigration and immigration between Algeria and France shows the emergence of an industrial, and more particularly an automobile diaspora.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, Roxby Building, University of Liverpool, Liverpool

Publication date: 1997-01-01

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