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The California Imaginary - July 2020

1: Why the California Imaginary? What is It?

2: California as a Model and a Warning

3: Theme 1: The Frontier

4: Historical Context

5: Re-propagation of the Frontier

6: Theme 2: Colonial Unknowing

7: Colonial Circularities

8: The Travelling of the California Imaginary to Morocco

9: Ambiguity & The Moroccanization of the Imaginary

10: Algeria’s Sahara, a ‘New Arizona’ 

11: The Agency of Algeria’s Oasis Communities

12: The California Dream as a Social Imaginary

13: Theoretical Benefits of this Imaginary

14: Mobilizing Alternative Imaginaries

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