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Title:Towards an Understanding of the Kabyle Question in Contemporary Algeria
Author:Roberts, Hugh J.R.
Periodical:Maghreb Review
Geographic term:Algeria
minority groups
Politics and Government
Abstract:It had been widely assumed that the rebellion led by Hocine Ait Ahmed under the banner of the Front des Forces Socialistes in 1963 had been the swan song of Kabyle particularism and that, but for a handful of disgruntled exiles and intellectual émigrés, the political problem had been settled. In fact, however, Ait Ahmed's revolt was the swan song of the Kabyle maquis, nothing more. Since then, the political problem of Kabylia has acquired an entirely new social basis, with profound implications for the Algerian state. Signs of this change were already visible as long ago as 1974, when a minor but explicitly 'Berberist' riot took place at Larbaa n'Ait Irathen in central Kabylia, and were unmistakable in the major demonstration which occurred during the football cup final in Algiers in the summer of 1977. In the light of the 'Tizi Ouzou Spring' of 1980, the question can no longer be evaded. The present article identifies the political implications and social content of the various tendencies within the movement which manifested itself in Kabylia in the Spring of 1980. Map, notes.