Encountering Morocco

Encountering Morocco

Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding
Afterword by Kevin Dwyer. Edited by David Crawford and Rachel Newcomb
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/15/2013
Format: Paperback 5 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00911-1
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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 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.

Author Bio

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.


“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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Table of Contents

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

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