Change at Shebika Author:Duvignaud, Jean Subtitle: Report from a North African Village — 300 miles from Tunis & 150 miles inland near the Algerian border Shebika was[is?]a poor village engulfed by "progress". — An alien political and philosophical system, administered by their own countrymen was/is resulting in Westernization. — A mass of sociological data blended into a work of art. The ... more »author was Professor of Sociology at the University of Tunis, 1960-5 when he did this work.
The newly independent Tunisian government did not understand the communal peasant community. Neither egoistic capitalism nor monolithic communism was appropriate; not without producing despair.
Shebika is an example of general["advanced" societies included]world trends going wrong. "If Balzac and Dickens were alive today they would be sociologists". A more familiar quote for the villagers who are under trial: "God will save men when they have been burned as coal" --Koran.
Postscript of a 2008 reviewer: In despair the children of some of these villagers may be blowing themselves and others up in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Europe, etc today.RRS« less