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Au contact : Postiers non-citoyens dans l’Algérie colonisée (vers 1900–1939)

Abstract : The Postal and Telecommunication administration offers a complex picture of colonial society in Algeria. Men and women, citizens and natives, were employed as mailmen, telephone operators, middle managers or postmasters. This article focuses on the specific position of colonized Algerians employed inside this administration. Addressing the period from the early twentieth century to the Second World War, it highlights how legal barriers and illiteracy narrowed access to public sector jobs and inhibited career advancement. However, professional records found in the Algerian archive centers also reveal how much the sociological backgrounds of these employees varied. The native mailman rarely got a permanent position, his wage was not high, but he could achieve some stability. He was a public figure in urban districts, as well as in remote villages. The article concludes with a detailed analysis of interactions at work and within the colonial context.
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Annick Lacroix. Au contact : Postiers non-citoyens dans l’Algérie colonisée (vers 1900–1939). French Politics, Culture & Society, Berghahn, 2016, 34 (2), ⟨10.3167/fpcs.2016.340202⟩. ⟨hal-01666881⟩



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