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Emigration as popular culture

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Sabry, Tarik

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Abstract This article explores the symbolic dimensions of emigration by enquiring into the relationship between emigration as a social phenomenon in Morocco, and Moroccan popular culture. The article critiques the discourses of unity and reconciliation inherent in analyses of Moroccan popular culture and contends that the popular in Moroccan popular culture is a pseudo-popular that speaks for the voices of the centre. This article concentrates on three taken-for-granted, non-institutionalized, popular cultural spaces in Moroccan popular culture: popular jokes, the Derb and the queue outside western embassies, and argues that emigration in Morocco is not an isolated social phenomenon, but a pervasive part of the make-up of its popular culture.
Keywords emigration (polit. or relig. reasons)
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Free Keywords burning; culture; Derb; jokes; modernity; Morocco; popular; the queue; west
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 5-22
Journal European Journal of Cultural Studies, 8 (2005) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)