Book Review: Algerian Women and Diasporic Experience: From the Black Decade to the Hirak

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Veronica Fynn Bruey


When Exeter University Press notified the Journal of Internal Displacement about the publication of Algerian Women and Diasporic Experience: From the Black Decade to the Hirak by Latefa Narriman Guemar, the link between the terms diaspora and displacement was not instantly obvious. In addition to issues around geographical identities, displacement, and (forced) migration, Algerian Women and Diasporic Experience engages with the “Islamic State” (dawla Islamiya), “Foreign interference” (ayadi kharijiya), exile (Elghorba/ghrib), “those who risk their life to migrate” (harragas), “injustice” (hogra), “Gangs working within the Algerian state” (issaba), “Holy fighters” (jihad), “resistance” (moukawama), no constitution (la mithaq), “implied sexual aggression” (yetbelaouek) and  the “Algerian political protest movement” (Hirak).

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Veronica Fynn Bruey, Athabasca University

Veronica Fynn Bruey is an award-winning scholar with an extensive interdisciplinary background, holding six academic degrees from world-class institutions across four continents. She is an affiliated faculty of Seattle University School of Law; an online module convener at the University of London’s School of Advanced Studies, and the Director of Flowers School of Global Health Science. She has authored three academic books, two children's books, several book chapters, and peer-review articles in reputable academic journals. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement, the founder of the Law and Society's Collaborative Research Network (CRN 11) called “Displaced Peoples”, the co-founder and executive director of Tuki-Tumarankeh; and the founder of the Voice of West African Refugees (VOWAR) based in Ghana. Fynn Bruey is a born and bred Liberian war survivor.