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Title: Reporting on 1962: the evolution of pied-noir identity across 50 years of print media
Author(s): Barclay, Fiona
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Keywords: Algerian war
Issue Date: 2015
Date Deposited: 1-Dec-2014
Citation: Barclay F (2015) Reporting on 1962: the evolution of pied-noir identity across 50 years of print media. Modern and Contemporary France, 23 (2), pp. 197-211.
Abstract: This article offers a longitudinal review of print media representations of the European population in Algeria, from the final months of the Algerian war to commemorative coverage of the 50th anniversary in 2012. It traces the evolution of the métropole's relatively hostile view of the Français d'Algérie as a ‘foreign' people to the depiction of an integrated group whose voice has become incorporated within official memory. With reference to the anniversary coverage of 2012, it argues that while the pied-noir lobby was partially successful in persuading the media to adopt aspects of their historical narrative, the socio-political context of the ‘guerre de mémoires' produced challenges to that narrative, with the relativisation of the pied-noir experience as one aspect of a broader memorial mosaic of the war. Cet article propose un suivi longitudinal des représentations de la population européenne d'Algérie dans la presse écrite, à partir des derniers mois de la guerre d'Algérie au reportage commémoratif du 50e anniversaire en 2012. Il retrace l'évolution de l'attitude relativement hostile de la métropole envers les Français d'Algérie comme peuple ‘étranger', au portrait d'un groupe intégré dont la voix s'est maintenant incorporée dans la mémoire officielle. Il fait référence au reportage du 50e anniversaire en 2012 pour argumenter que bien que les activistes pieds-noirs aient réussi à faire pression sur les médias pour qu'ils adoptent certains aspects de leur récit historique, le contexte socio-politique de la ‘guerre de mémoires' a mis ce récit au défi, avec la relativisation de l'expérience pied-noire comme un des aspects d'une mosaïque mémorielle plus vaste de la guerre.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09639489.2014.971720
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