Gueliane, Nora - The Integration of Mozabites into the Host Territories. Organization and Solidarity of the Mozabite Community Outside the M’Zab: the Example of Bordj Bou Arreridj’s Jma’a

societes-plurielles:6258 - Sociétés plurielles, April 1, 2020, Varia
The Integration of Mozabites into the Host Territories. Organization and Solidarity of the Mozabite Community Outside the M’Zab: the Example of Bordj Bou Arreridj’s Jma’a

Authors: Gueliane, Nora

Migration is a characteristic feature of Mozabites, a minority with strong identity values and a particular institutional organization. Wherever Mozabites settle, in Algeria or abroad, a traditional assembly is created [the jma’a] and real estate is acquired: community house, free school, mosque, cemetery, cultural centre, library, etc.—this at the scale of a city. At the country level, each region is managed by a Coordination [tansiqiyat] and the whole is headed by a Confederal Council located in Ghardaïa—the  ‘Ammi  Said  Council. This article therefore aims to explain this institutional organization and to elucidate the mechanisms adopted by Mozabites in order to facilitate their organization and integration in a migratory context. At the end of this paper, we will be able to highlight the mobilization of the group’s solidarity as a driving force in this integration process. For our demonstration, in addition to the documentary research, we used a field survey (qualitative). Open, semi-directive and group interviews were conducted, mainly with the mozabite community living in a medium-sized city in eastern Algeria, the city of Bordj Bou Arreridj, during the years 2015 and 2016.


Volume: Varia
Section: Articles
Published on: April 1, 2020
Submitted on: April 1, 2020
Keywords: مزاب,المؤسسات العرفية,المزابيين,الجماعة. الهجرة,البربر,التنظيم الذاتي,التضامن الاجتماعي,Jma’a,Migration,Solidarity,M’Zab,Mozabites,Institutions,Berber,Self-organization,M’Zab,Mozabites,institutions,jma’a,migration,solidarité,berbère,auto-organisation,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences,[SHS.SOCIO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology


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