March 1968: Practicing transnational activism from tunis to Paris

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This article examines the activism of Tunisian university students in the late 1960s. During the series of events surrounding the student protests of March 1968 at the University of Tunis, political activists across Tunisia and France forged communication networks or drew upon existing ones in order to further their political claims. The objectives of this article are to investigate the historical roots of these transnational networks in the colonial and postcolonial periods as well as to integrate Tunisia within the global 1968. Through an analysis of student protests and government reactions, I argue that ties with the former metropole shaped students demands and that a strictly national perspective of events is insufficient. In response to state repression, Tunisian activists shifted their struggle from global anti-imperialism toward the expansion of human rights on the national level. The networks proliferated over the course of 1968 and beyond as concrete realities shaped the direction of new claims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)755-774
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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