The Moroccan Women’s Rights Movement
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Syracuse University Press
Front Flap, Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
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I have worked on this research project and book for ten years and am grateful to all those who have played a role in the process. The research was completed with support from Harvard University, the Fulbright Institute of International Education, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), the US Department of Education through its Foreign...
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The first passage, a brief excerpt from a report by a major women’s rights association in Morocco, shows how a variety of issues affecting women are channeled toward the goal of legal reform. This was written during a period of debate following the announcement in 1999 of the Plan of Action for the Integration of Women in Development, and it reminds...
1. Convncing Women
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Social movements are a messy affair. There are a variety of motivations that bring people into a movement, and a variety of techniques employed by associations and individuals that are sensitive to these motivations and help to attract potential new members. There are alliances that come together and break apart. There are squabbles and enmities...
2. Obsitcles and Opportunities
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Now having a sense of the movement, and its members and goals, it is important to locate it within a wider context: the political and social fields in which it operates. Bourdieu (1984,  1996)1 employs the framework of semi-autonomous fields to show how human agency (enacted by individuals and by groups) works within structured fields of action. A group can...
3. Vernacularizing Frames: “Equality” and “Women’s Human Rights”
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The next three chapters lay out the argument that the Moroccan women’s rights movement has attempted to link transnational feminist discourses with local realities and understandings of women’s place within the family and society. As described in chapter 1, women who are brought to the movement by a variety of motivations undergo a process...
4. Framing Mudawwana Reform
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Reforming a legal code is not a simple, top-down process. The process of reforming the Mudawwana, as described earlier in the book, began in earnest in 1992, with the collection of signatures demanding that King Hassan II reform the Mudawwana. The next step in the process was the 1999 Plan of Action for the Integration of Women in...
5. The Harmonious Family
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I am in a van with several women from one urban association on a “women’s rights caravan” into the country. Th is is a new kind of project for several associations, and clearly elicits the trope of journey from one world to another. From time to time I feel an elbow poking my ribs, and then the following: “Look, Amy, those women riding on a donkey!” or “Look, Amy, see...
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Publication Year: 2014