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Making MoroccoColonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity$
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Jonathan Wyrtzen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700231

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700231.001.0001

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Organizing Forces of the Field: Legitimation and Legibility

Organizing Forces of the Field: Legitimation and Legibility

(p.62) Chapter 2 Organizing Forces of the Field: Legitimation and Legibility
Making Morocco

Jonathan Wyrtzen

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the symbolic and classificatory forces in play that set constraints and opportunities for both colonial and Moroccan actors in the colonial political field. Focusing on the Palace of Morocco exhibit at the 1931 International Colonial Exposition outside Paris, which showcased France's treasured North African possessions (Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco), the chapter analyzes the path-dependent effects of the initial French decision to employ oy an indirect mode of rule in Morocco. In particular, it explores the intertwined logics of legitimation and legibility that formed this “protectorate” imaginaire and how these ordering forces were expressed in ethnographic, preservationist, and developmental modes of colonial rule. It shows how logics of legitimization that were contingently determined at an initial critical juncture influenced, directly and indirectly, the logics of legibility that were subsequently employed in the field.

Keywords:   colonial political field, Palace of Morocco, exhibit, International Colonial Exposition, France, Morocco, legitimation, legibility, ordering forces, colonial rule

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