While some people study globalization, others live their lives as global experiments. This book brings together people who do both. The authors or subjects of these studies are of diverse national, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. What they have in common is a connection to Morocco. It is from this shared space that they draw on personal stories, fieldwork, and literary and linguistic analysis to provide a critical, socially reflexive response to the conceptions of culture, identity, and mobility that animate debates on migration and cosmopolitanism. On the trail of the Bedouin or Europe's new nomads and of Zaccarias Moussaoui, Places We Share explores the relationship of mobility to subjectivity, and how physically moving can be a way of escaping the stigma of being an immigrant. Reading Rushdie, listening to Moroccan women converse in the United Arab Emirates, or examining how the experience of serial migration can shape comparative ethnography, we become more aware of how moving pushes us up against the limits of global experience. These limits must be recognized. They can be positively embraced to develop new ways of conceiving of ourselves, the world, and our connections to others.
Because of the thematic...emphasis on Morocco, this collection will be of particular interest to social scientists working in the region, but it also makes a strong contribution to anthropology, the literature on migration, and critical media studies. Scholars of religion will find useful the essays demonstrating the complex facets of religious and cultural identity. The nuanced way many of the authors critique the notion of cosmopolitanism through lived experience is refreshing, and the diverse perspectives highlight the complex social positions of serial migrants in a world where movement among multiple cultures does not imply rootlessness but rather complex attachments to space and place.
Journal Of Ethnic and Migration Studies, July 1, 2009
- Theodoro Iosifides
This volume, edited by Susan 'ssman, deals with issues of great importance and relevance for our era. In an era where there is a widespread preoccupation with the quantitative categorisation of migrants' personal or collective characteristics, this book offers a quite different perspective which gives emphasis to subjectivity, identity fluidity, representations of mobility and space, and culture. Overall, this book is a valuable resource offering an alternative perspective on migration. It makes for a wonderful read!
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Introduction Susan Ossman 1
The Power to Name and the Desire to be Named: State Policies and the Invisible Nomad Smain Laacher 17
Zacarias Moussaoui: Moroccan Muslim? French Terrorist? Benighted Zealot? War Criminal? Serial Migrant? All of the Above? Susan J. Terrio 27
From the Maghreb to the Mediterranean: Immigration and Transnational Locations Nabiha Jerad 47
Is It Possible to Be Both a Cosmopolitan and a Muslim? Nadia Tazi 65
A New Take on the Wandering Jew Shana Cohen 77
Errance, Migration, and Male Sex Work: On the Socio-cultural Sustainability of a Third Space Nick Mai 97
Moving into Morocco: A Cosmopolitan Turn in the Medina Justin McGuinness 121
Trilateral Touchstones: Personal and Cultural Spaces Evelyn A. Early 43
In Search of Tangiers' Past Leila Abouhouraira 161
Positioning the Self, Identity, and Language: Moroccan Women on the Move Fatima Badry 173
From Tribe to Virtual Tribe Abderrahmane Lakhsassi 187
Linked Comparisons for Life and Research Susan Ossman 201
About the Contributors 227