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Orphans of Islam: Family, Abandonment, and Secret Adoption in Morocco / Edition 310
     

Orphans of Islam: Family, Abandonment, and Secret Adoption in Morocco / Edition 310

by Jamila Bargach
 

ISBN-10: 0742500276

ISBN-13: 9780742500273

Pub. Date: 02/26/2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Orphans of Islam portrays the abject lives and 'excluded body' of abandoned and bastard children in contemporary Morocco, while critiquing the concept and practice of 'adoption,' which too often is considered a panacea. Through a close and historically grounded reading of legal, social, and cultural mechanisms of one predominantly Islamic country, Jamila Bargach

Overview

Orphans of Islam portrays the abject lives and 'excluded body' of abandoned and bastard children in contemporary Morocco, while critiquing the concept and practice of 'adoption,' which too often is considered a panacea. Through a close and historically grounded reading of legal, social, and cultural mechanisms of one predominantly Islamic country, Jamila Bargach shows how 'the surplus bastard body' is created by mainstream society. Written in part from the perspectives of the children and single mothers, intermittently from the view of 'adopting' families, and employing bastardy as a haunting and empowering motif with a potentially subversive edge, this ethnography is composed as an intricate, open-ended, and arabesque-like evocation of Moroccan society and its state institutions. It equally challenges received sociological and anthropological tropes and understandings of the Arab world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742500273
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/26/2002
Series:
Alterations Series , #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Notes on Transliteration and Transcription Chapter 2 Preface and Acknowledgements Part 3 Introduction(s): Object/Subject, Discipline/Argument Part 4 I: Defining Moves: From Text to Script and From Script to Text Chapter 5 1 Legal Throes: Genealogies and Debates of Kafala, Adoption, and Abandoned Children Chapter 6 2 Counterpoints: The Idiom of Adoption between Theological Interpretation, the Rise of the Nation-State and the "Real" Part 7 II: Rootless Lives and Bloodless Ties: Bastards, Secret Adoptions, and Some Other Cultural Dialectics Chapter 8 3 Of Anthropology: Nature, Nurture, and Kinship Chapter 9 4 Of Rituals: Names, Affiliation, and Identity Chapter 10 5 Of Culture: Loci, Lore, and Stereotypes Part 11 III: Nothing Above Family: To Reflect on Marginality Chapter 12 6 News From the Art, Intellectual and Media Fronts: Reflections on and Representations of Marginality Chapter 13 7 Social Work at Work: Or What Politics for What Help? Chapter 14 8 Civil Society and Social Work: Or the Politics of What Help? (Continued) Part 15 Postface Chapter 16 Notes Chapter 17 Index

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