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Our fighting sistersNation, memory and gender in Algeria, 1954-2012$
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Natalya Vince

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091070

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091070.001.0001

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Being remembered and forgotten

Being remembered and forgotten

(p.212) 6 Being remembered and forgotten
Our fighting sisters

Natalya Vince

Manchester University Press

This chapter explicitly engages with questions about remembering and forgetting which thematically run through chapters 1-5. It discusses how the end of the single-party state in 1989, alongside the international preoccupation with memory in the 1990s, has led to an explosion of memory about the war – without provoking a major qualitative shift in the language and frames of reference used to discuss it. The war continues to exist as a metaphor of solidarity, self-abnegation and unity of purpose. Exploring how the role of women in the War of Independence has been remembered or presented as ‘forgotten’ by the state, historians and interviewees themselves, this chapter argues that the war continues to provide a space, albeit a space with shifting and contested limits, within which political criticism can be aired, without undermining the fundamental role of the War of Independence as a social glue. Underlining that remembering is not just a political act, it also examines the economic, social and personal motivations for why women remember their role in the war or omit certain parts of their stories both when invited to official commemoration ceremonies and within more informal networks of family and friends.

Keywords:   Memory, Metaphor, Commemoration, Remembering, Forgetting, Political criticism, Social glue, Networks

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