مجلة عصور الجديدة
Volume 10, Numéro 3, Pages 477-489

Dying To Survive: Construction Workers In French Algeria (1950-1960) الموت من أجل البقاء: عمال البناء في الجزائر الفرنسية (1950-1960م)

Authors : Bishop Elizabeth .

Abstract

Did workers’ civil status matter when construction workers fell from scaffolding, when tools malfunctioned, when parts of their work site collapsed? The objective of the research is to prove or disprove Douglas Baynton’s hypothesis regarding disability as a privilege of citizenship. The method used is positivistic historical research among records groups within the National Archives of Algeria dating from the period of a construction boom which followed World War II. This case study analyzes administrative records of the Direction du travail et de la securité sociale, as well as the office of Travail et affaires sociales, and administrative collection of Statistiques des accidents du travail, during the Plan de Constantine (1955-1960).

Keywords

Accidents ; Citizenship ; Constantine Plan ; Construction ; disability ; Labour ; Law ; Urban development ; Workers ; Workmen’s compensation