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The Civilizing Mission in the Metropole
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The Civilizing Mission in the Metropole: Algerian Families and the French Welfare State during Decolonization

Amelia H. Lyons


In the past quarter century, France has grappled with the legacies of colonialism, the Algerian War (1954-1962), and the migration and settlement of Algerians and other Muslims from the former colonial empire. The Civilizing Mission in the Metropole explores the roots of these intertwined histories through an examination of the history of social welfare programs for Algerian migrants from the end of World War II until Algeria gained independence in 1962. First colonized in 1830, Algeria fought a bloody war of decolonization against France (1954-1962), as France fought to maintain control over ... More

Keywords: civilizing mission, Algerian War (1954-1962), Algerians, women, social welfare, France, Forth Republic, Fifth Republic, decolonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804784214
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804784214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amelia H. Lyons, author