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Agnes Scott College

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Spring 2016

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


This article aims to articulate the ways in which race and race relations are conceptualized in Morocco. Using the concept of racialized discourse as the preconceptual theoretical field for race and racist expressions, the author analyzes the different converging factors which influence the performance of “Moroccan-ness” and how subjectivity can be influenced by a State-driven communal linguistic episteme. Through its insistent hyper-nationalist campaigns, the Moroccan State has deployed racist expressions as a means of face-keeping and sociopolitical management, which have become naturalized through its reproduction in individual subjectivity and interpellation. However, from the independent research conducted by the author, the result of the State’s manifestation of racialized discourse in which Moroccans lack the linguistic tools to conceptualize race, unless devoid of its preconceptual elements of domination and exploitation, and thus they reduce racism to mere (racial) differentiation.


African Studies | Anthropology | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Linguistics | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Philosophy | Race and Ethnicity


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