Memory as Protest. Mediating Memories of Violence and Bread Revolts in the Rif

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the mediated circulation of local memories of war and violence in the Rif region of Morocco. Karrouche focuses on how what she calls ‘mediating memories’ shape the identities and agency of several generations of Berber activists in both Morocco and its diaspora. She focuses on memories of violent episodes in the region, in particular the “intifadat el-khubz” uprising of the 1980s. In doing so Karrouche canvases how memories of trauma and victimization circulate and are shaped by their mediated transmission. The chapter observes how remembrance of violent episodes can produce claims to regional autonomy and a local Berber and Rifian identity—modes of attachment that are conceived very differently from state-centered authority and Arab (and Islamic) identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco
PublisherPalgrave / MacMillan
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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