author={Mohamed Benrabah},
  journal={Nationalism and Ethnic Politics},
  pages={59 - 78}
  • M. Benrabah
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
Since independence, Algerian authorities have used a number of ideological processes to gain political legitimacy. One of these processes is the language policy known as Arabization. The present article shows how this policy aims at providing the regime with political legtimacy, and serves as a means of social control (Arabization/Islamization). We argue that, far from bringing about reconciliation between various groups and between these and the authorities, Arabization has led to serious… 
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