From Poverty to Wretchedness:Albert Camus and the Psychology of the Pieds-noirs

Strachan, John (2013) From Poverty to Wretchedness:Albert Camus and the Psychology of the Pieds-noirs. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 14 (2).

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Abstract

This article uses the pieds-noirs (European settlers) of Algeria as a case study of how ‘poor whites’ have been constructed, and have constructed themselves, in colonial historiography. Beginning with a re-examination of terminology, and of the socio-economic status of the pieds-noirs, I argue that the poverty of this community is more often and more usefully understood as a form of psychological impoverishment. The work of Albert Camus represents a salient example of these discourses and offers the historian a productive means of re-thinking the conceptually liminal space of ‘poor whites’ between colony and metropole.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
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62004
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Deposited On:
06 Feb 2013 17:18
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Yes
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Published
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