Transition and development in Algeria : economic, social and cultural challenges /
edited by Margaret A. Majumdar and Mohammed Saad.
Bristol : Intellect, 2005.
ix, 193 p. ; 23 cm.
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Bristol : Intellect, 2005.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Robert Pepperell is an artist and academic
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-02-01:
This book is based on papers presented at several workshops on Algeria held at the Univ. of the West of England (Bristol) in June 2000 and 2001, and edited by Majumdar (Univ. of Portsmouth, UK) and Saad (Univ. of the West of England, UK). The workshops focused on the country's basic infrastructure as well as its cultural and social aspects, all ostensibly related to its "transition" from the political upheavals of the 1990s. The collection is useful since it offers critical analyses of economic policy (part 1), women and society (part 2), questions about national culture, ideology, and language (part 3), and the country's relationships to the global economy (part 4). Of particular interest is Majumdar's investigation of changes in Algerian identity, Mohammed Meliani's essay on the country's language policy, and Mahfood Amara's examination of the role of football in shaping Algerian social, political, and cultural awareness. Helpful as the book is in raising some needed questions about the transition, it offers little about its direction or accomplishments. Given that it has been five years since the workshops and publication of the papers, perhaps a timely postscript might have offered some update on the questions they raised. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. V. T. Le Vine emeritus, Washington University
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This work deals with the economic and developmental challenges facing contemporary Algerian society. It considers the social structures, the political institutions, the movements, ideologies, and cultural dilemmas.
Table of Contents
Preface to the new editionp. i
Forewordp. iii
Introductionp. 1
Consciousness, humans and complexityp. 13
Science, knowledge and energyp. 35
Order and disorder, continuity and discontinuityp. 53
Being, language and thoughtp. 77
Art, aesthetics and creativityp. 101
Automating creativityp. 117
Synthetic beingsp. 139
What is posthumanism?p. 155
Appendicesp. 173
Postscriptp. 188
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 194
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