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“Not Only the Country’s Independence, Mine Too!” Arlette Bourgel, an Algerian Jewish Communist (b. 1928)

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Arlette Bourgel was born in French colonial Algeria in 1928, in a Jewish family. She became a teacher in 1949 and joined the Parti communiste algérien in 1953. During the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962), she was involved in the opposition to the French colonial regime before joining an underground network. Wanted by the French army, she had to flee and found refuge abroad. In 1962, after Algeria’s independence, she came back to Algiers, where she lived until 1965. Her life story, analyzed on the basis of a biographical interview and archives from the French intelligence services and military justice, allows us to investigate the effects of her multifaceted minority status on her biographical and political-dissident trajectory. This status obliged her to deal with, refuse and/or subvert, the identities and places she was assigned to in order to feel in harmony with herself, while struggling for a new social, political, racial, and gender order.

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Le Foll-Luciani, PJ. (2023). “Not Only the Country’s Independence, Mine Too!” Arlette Bourgel, an Algerian Jewish Communist (b. 1928). In: de Haan, F. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Communist Women Activists around the World. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13127-1_18

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