Essay: "A village in colonial time", immersed in the daily life of French Algeria - JeuneAfrique.com

Colette Zytnicki examines with a magnifying glass the life in Draria, in the suburbs of Algiers, between 1830 and 1962. A historian's look at ordinary people within the system imposed by France.

What was daily life like during French colonization in Algeria? A village in colonial time, Colette Zytnicki, historian, gives us an idea through the example of Draria, between 1830 and 1962. Families of settlers and those who were then called natives are followed in their habits. Why this village, now an average town in the suburbs of Algiers?

"Three reasons motivated me to choose Draria as a field of study," says Professor Emeritus of Toulouse-Jean-Jaurès University. On the one hand, I wanted to talk about the "ordinary" time of colonization, of everyday life, not to trivialize it, to minimize it, but on the contrary to understand the daily life of this exceptional regime that colonization. Now, to Draria, as far as I know, nothing remarkable has happened, nothing that stands in the way of the ordinary colonial situation, to quote Georges Balandier.

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