Encountering Morocco: Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding [NOOK Book]

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Encountering Morocco introduces readers to life in this North African country through
vivid accounts of fieldwork as personal experience and intellectual journey. We meet the
contributors at diverse stages of their careers–from the unmarried researcher arriving for her
first stint in the field to the seasoned fieldworker returning with ...

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Encountering Morocco: Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding

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Overview

Encountering Morocco introduces readers to life in this North African country through
vivid accounts of fieldwork as personal experience and intellectual journey. We meet the
contributors at diverse stages of their careers–from the unmarried researcher arriving for her
first stint in the field to the seasoned fieldworker returning with spouse and children. They offer
frank descriptions of what it means to take up residence in a place where one is regarded as an
outsider, learn the language and local customs, and struggle to develop rapport. Moving reflections
on friendship, kinship, and belief within the cross-cultural encounter reveal why study of
Moroccan society has played such a seminal role in the development of cultural
anthropology.

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Editorial Reviews

Brian T. Edwards

"Mixes personal memoir with sensitive observations about Morocco; searching questions about the nature of the fieldwork experience; and sometimes surprising revelations about aspects of Morocco that have received little attention. From activism to autism, and from fraught conversation to religious conversion, the range of approaches to the American anthropologist’s encounter with Morocco and Moroccans is impressive. Indeed Morocco itself, and its anthropologist interlocutors, are seen in this collection as through a prism: refracted and brilliant." —Brian T. Edwards, author of Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express

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"Mixes personal memoir with sensitive observations about Morocco; searching questions about the nature of the fieldwork experience; and sometimes surprising revelations about aspects of
Morocco that have received little attention. From activism to autism, and from fraught conversation to religious conversion, the range of approaches to the American anthropologist’s encounter with Morocco and Moroccans is impressive. Indeed Morocco itself, and its anthropologist interlocutors, are seen in this collection as through a prism: refracted and brilliant."
—Brian T. Edwards, author of Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express

"[T]he chapters of this eminently readable text 'build a richly textured portrait of the Kingdom of Morocco'... as well as a primer on the mode of ethnographic research....
the focus is on 'the daily struggles that underpin larger social processes', the dynamics of everyday life.... I can think of no better book to read for both a general audience and fellow scholars on Morocco as seen through the anthropological lens." —Contemporary Islam

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Meet the Author

David Crawford is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and
Anthropology, Fairfield University, and author of Moroccan Households in the World Economy: Labor
and Inequality in a Berber Village.

Rachel Newcomb is Associate Professor of
Anthropology at Rollins College and author of Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Life in Urban
Morocco.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction\David Crawford and Rachel
Newcomb
1. Arabic or French? The Politics of Parole at a Psychiatric Hospital in Morocco\Charlotte E. van den Hout
2. Time, Children, and Getting Ethnography Done in Southern
Morocco\Karen Rignall
3. Thinking about Class and Status in Morocco\David A.
McMurray
4. Forgive Me, Friend: Mohammed and Ibrahim\Emilio Spadola
5.
Suspicion, Secrecy, and Uncomfortable Negotiations over Knowledge Production in Southwestern Morocco\Katherine E. Hoffman
6. The Activist and the Anthropologist\Paul A.
Silverstein
7. A Distant Episode: Religion and Belief in Moroccan Ethnography\Rachel
Newcomb
8. Shortcomings of a Reflexive Tool Kit; or, Memoir of an Undutiful Daughter\Jamila Bargach
9. Reflecting on Moroccan Encounters: Meditations on Home, Genre, and the
Performance of Everyday Life\Deborah Kapchan
10. The Power of Babies\David
Crawford
11. Anthropologists among Moroccans\Kevin
Dwyer
References
Contributors
Index

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