Document Type

Honors Project


Global migration patterns increasingly challenge the historical relationships between Western powers and their former colonies. Traditional conceptions of who belongs where have weakened, and language has become a heated topic of debate. This thesis explores how national language policies both reflect and inflect the national identities of the one-time colonizer and colonized. Using studies of language politics in both Tunisia's independence and France's responses to North African immigration, I demonstrate that despite the half century that has passed since France occupied North Africa, the colonial experience remains influential on both sides.



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