samedi 20 décembre 2008


Nous venons d'apprendre la parution d'un nouvel ouvrage:

Rachel Newcomb, Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Urban Life in Morocco. Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. A volume in the Contemporary Ethnography series.

Extrait de la présentation de l'ouvrage:

As different factions assert competing visions for the identity of the Moroccan state, the status of women is frequently invoked as a barometer of the country's progress. The nation-state has characterized the Moroccan female citizen as simultaneously modern, secular, and Islamic, while religious discourse has framed the nationalist vision as hopelessly enslaved to Western secularism, suggesting that the Moroccan woman needs to "return" to an authentic Muslim identity.

Based on two years of fieldwork conducted in the city of Fes, Rachel Newcomb's Women of Fes

provides valuable insights into the everyday lives of Moroccan women. Newcomb evokes the struggles middle-class women face as they challenge and modify competing ideologies to create new forms of identity in work, family, and urban space. Simultaneously, the book situates women's lives within larger processes, such as globalization, human rights, and the construction of national identity.



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