Learning in Morocco

Learning in Morocco

Language Politics and the Abandoned Educational Dream
Charis Boutieri
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/15/2016
ISBN: 978-0-253-02050-5
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Learning in Morocco offers a rare look inside public education in the Middle East. While policymakers see a crisis in education based on demographics and financing, Moroccan high school students point to the effects of a highly politicized Arabization policy that has never been implemented coherently. In recent years, national policies to promote the use of Arabic have come into conflict with the demands of a neoliberal job market in which competence in French is still a prerequisite for advancement. Based on long-term research inside and outside classrooms, Charis Boutieri describes how students and teachers work within, or try to circumvent, the system, whose contradictory demands ultimately lead to disengagement and, on occasion, to students taking to the streets in protest.

Author Bio

Charis Boutieri is Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of the Middle East at King’s College London.

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"Charis Boutieri’s study of language politics in Morocco . . . constitutes the latest in a long line of insightful anthropological studies of North African societies and cultures, and another fine addition to Indiana University Press’s ‘Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa’ series." —Middle Eastern Studies

"[A] valuable resource for other scholars and a significant book for students trying to understand political and social alienation, as well as the trajectory of development, in the region." —Shana Cohen, Woolf Institute

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Table of Contents

Writing about Language: Terminology and Transliteration

1. Schools in Crisis

Part I
2. Study Antigone to become a Scientist!
3. Paradox and Passion in the Tower of Babel

Part II
4. Inheritance, Heritage, and the Disinherited
5. Once Upon a Time, There Was a Happy Old Berber Couple

Part III
6. Desires in Languages
7. Out of Class, Into the Street

Notes
References
Index