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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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(p.252) Conclusion
Our fighting sisters

Natalya Vince

Manchester University Press

This chapter summarises the key arguments of the book and concludes by underlining that nationalist narratives can be deconstructed, fragmented and reconstructed in new forms without necessarily losing their symbolic power. Whilst the language of the war no longer guarantees loyalty to the political system which has sought to capitalise on it for the past fifty years, it still links citizens to each other. This might seem an unconvincing claim in a society dominated demographically, if not politically, by younger generations who are often described as uninterested in the war and disillusioned with politics. But the real test of the power of a dominant societal discourse is when individuals reproduce it even when it contradicts with their lived experiences, even when they profess that they do not believe in it, or even when they think that they do not know about it.

Keywords:   Symbolic power, Dominant discourse, Loyalty, Political system, Citizens, Generations

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