The Politics of Identity in a Colonial Political Field
This book examines how European colonial intervention over a period of more than forty years (1912–1956) has politicized Moroccan identity. It explains how French and Spanish military intervention in Morocco forged a new type of political field in which notions about and relationships between politics and identity formation were transformed in a profound manner. Drawing on the concept of a colonial political field, the book explores the ways that various European and local actors politicized four key dimensions of Moroccan identity during the protectorate period: religion, ethnicity, territory, and the role of the Alawid dynasty. In analyzing the Moroccan experience, the book highlights the colonial political field's spatial formation and organizing forces as well as the battles over identity that played out in it. It also considers how notions of collective identity were transformed as various elite and non-elite Moroccan actors negotiated the creation of the colonial political field.
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