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Title:Algeria's Socialist Villages: A Reassessment
Author:Sutton, Keith
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Algeria
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160550
Abstract:While Algeria's post-1971 programme of land redistribution reflected awareness of the need to create new settlements, the resulting 'socialist villages' have paralleled the wider agrarian reform in meeting with problems and shortfalls. In 1972, President Houari Boumedienne inaugurated an ambitious programme of 'socialist villages'. With over a decade of results, experience and research studies, there is now scope for a reassessment of the whole project. To what extent have the new and superficially quite impressive 'socialist villages' succeeded in meeting the complex of objectives demanded of them? Alternatively, have they proved to be another example of well-intentioned but ill-informed and misguided rural planning, employing large-scale generalised solutions to solve diverse, variegated, and intricate problems? This paper seeks to answer these questions. Fig., notes, tab.