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By Jane E. Goodman

"[S]ure to curiosity a couple of diverse audiences, from language and tune students to experts on North Africa.... an exceptional publication, truly written, analytically incisive, approximately extremely important concerns that experience no longer been defined elsewhere." ―John Bowen, Washington University

In this nuanced learn of the functionality of cultural id, Jane E. Goodman travels from modern Kabyle Berber groups in Algeria and France to the colonial information, deciding on the goods, performances, and media during which Berber identification has constructed. within the Nineteen Nineties, with an important Islamist insurgency underway in Algeria, Berber cultural institutions created functionality varieties that challenged Islamist premises whereas critiquing their very own village practices. Goodman describes the phenomenon of latest Kabyle music, a kind of worldwide track that remodeled village songs for international audiences. She follows new songs as they circulate from their manufacturers to the copyright enterprise to the Parisian degree, highlighting the networks of movement and alternate during which Berbers have completed worldwide visibility.

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