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Title:Women in a borderland: managing Muslim identity where Morocco meets Spain
Author:Rosander, Eva EversISNI
Series:Stockholm studies in social anthropology (ISSN 0347-0830)
City of publisher:Stockholm
Publisher:Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
Geographic terms:Morocco
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Abstract:This book is a study of female Muslim identity in a village situated in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, near the Moroccan border. The study deals with a Muslim Arabic-speaking minority of Moroccan origin, with the spotlight on women as guardians of traditional values. The main purpose is to describe and analyse these women's lives in terms of morality, respectability and prestige. The focus is on gender identity, which incorporates women's ideas about ethnic and religious belonging, and on their strategies in their assertion of social self. The author investigates how women shape and reshape their identities in their interaction with other women and with men. Central to the study are the notions of sameness, i.e. belonging to the same family, gender, and social age, ethnic and religious group, and difference, as for example in relation to Spanish women and men, and to Christian or non-Muslim cultural values. The author analyses women's life cycle and rites of passage, as well as the form and content of women's oral communication. She illustrates her findings with case histories. She conducted field research in the village in the period 1975-1978, followed by repeated summer visits in the 1980s.