The Colonial “Emancipation” of Algerian Women: The Marriage Law of 1959 and the Failure of Legislation on Women’s Rights in the Post-Independence Era

TitleThe Colonial “Emancipation” of Algerian Women: The Marriage Law of 1959 and the Failure of Legislation on Women’s Rights in the Post-Independence Era
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMacMaster, Neil
JournalStichproben: Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien
Volume12
Issue7
Pagination61-90
Date Published2007
Abstract

The failure of the newly independent Algerian state, after a long war of decolonization in which women played a major role, to introduce progressive reform to women’s legal, and thus social, status is widely recognized. The article explores a neglected aspect of this problematic by showing that binary perceptions of a radical colonial/post-colonial hiatus can be misleading. Through a focus on the reform of marriage and family law, it is shown that both colonial and post-Independence states proved weak and ineffective in the face of the entrenched power of patriarchal family structures and ideology.

URLhttp://stichproben.univie.ac.at/archiv/stichproben-nr-122007/
Short TitleThe Colonial “Emancipation” of Algerian Women
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