The Global Legacy
Chapter Twelve: Autoethnography in a Kabyle Landscape
Autoethnography in a Kabyle Landscape
SI BELKACEM TAIEB
In my father’s time in the mid-1900s, the Algerian labor force was expatriated to France and stacked in dormitories to work in French factories. I remember my father telling me that he used to have only one day off work a week. It was the only day he would get to do his cleaning tasks. Today, our people are lodged in suburbs, also called Zones of Educational Priority (geographical area within a city where resources in education are invested to “help” the immigrant to integrate into the society) or Prioritized Zones for Urbanization (ZUP). A ZUP is focused on answering the shortage of accommodation. It is a policy that took place in France between 1959 and 1967. A ZEP (Educationary Priority Zone) refers to cities or regions that received, in 1981, extra funding for the building of supplementary schools where “education” was an emphasis. We can of course understand what “education” meant knowing that in reality these places are used to park all the “Others” from different cultural and low economic backgrounds into social projects. It is the place where we had to surrender our self-esteem and identities in order to possibly gain access to the developed and rich world that began on the other side of the boulevard.